CRITICAL LINKING: October 25, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“Be that as it may, Eve’s daughters are in danger of swallowing a whole harvest of forbidden fruit, in these revolutionary days, unless something be done to cut off the supply.”

It’s unbelievable, but necessary, to think that people used to argue stuff like this.


“…when HarperCollins began preparing for the book’s 75th anniversary next year, the publisher discovered Tolkien had actually created more than 100 illustrations, which lay buried in his archive at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and were only recently digitised.”

Maybe this will feature a special map that traces Viggo Mortensen’s on again, off again British accent through Middle Earth.


“Literature requires a culture, a book culture, and the ebook and the web, for all of their wizardry, will forever be solipsistic.”

Aaaaaaand I think we have our first winner of Critical Linking’s “GET OFF MY LAWN!!!” award. (Plus, you know what’s solipsistic? Saying something will “forever” be something.)


“The book was published in 1961, and no one had much hope that it would find an audience. ‘Everyone said this is not a children’s book, the vocabulary is much too difficult, the wordplay and the punning they will never understand, and anyway fantasy is bad for children because it disorients them,’ Juster said, four million copies later.”

The New Yorker takes a look at 50 years of The Phantom Tollbooth (a book which for some reason scared the stuffing out of me as a kid)


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