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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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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