CRITICAL LINKING: October 27, 2011

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


“It’s simple, really, just five words: stay away from recreational drugs.”

Stephen King tells his younger self that Nancy Reagan really was spot on.


“All the other books will no doubt be written by bozos who blow it.”

Not surprisingly, the master corporate control freak of our era didn’t leave his biography to chance.


“What makes for a bad cover? Any number of things, I’m afraid, from misleading graphics that don’t match a book’s content to amateurish artwork to unfortunate character depictions”

I would add covers that don’t give you any information whatsoever. For example, I love Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, but for such a smart, modern novel, the cover is surprisingly inert.


“The bedrock issue here is that writers, musicians and artists want to make a living. They are not looking necessarily to buy themselves a quantity of Lear jets, but merely to make a living, and our current system does not favor that outcome.”

Nor does it look like the system developed by Google is going to do this either.


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