CRITICAL LINKING: October 31, 2011

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


“Now readers have spoken, voting for their favorites from the list and submitting many awesome literary picks of their own.”

No real surprises here. Actually, wait. No Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?. That’s shocking enough to power an Improbability Drive.


“We love flawed things, and to do so doesn’t mean we must excuse or explain away their flaws.”

It’s easy to love perfect things. Takes guts to stick up for imperfection.


“A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star.”

I think literary novelists, genre novels, intellectuals, and porn stars all could find reason to be offended by this analogy.


“This was our wedding cake! We each picked 2 books by our 2 favorite authors, his were Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses by James Joyce and mine were Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen”

Way to bury the lede and not mention the Beauty and the Beast cake topper. (Also, no one has ever survived a complete reading of Finnegan’s Wake, so I call shenanigans on that choice.)

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