CRITICAL LINKING: November 1, 2011

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


“No shame comes taped to playing with the familiar stories — Throne of Blood elegantly welded samurai culture to Macbeth – but half-assing it just to make a quick buck disrespects the original author, comics themselves and (most importantly) the readers.”

I need a big, red Internet CO-SIGN stamp. And this list would get the first use.


“AbeBooks analyzed the subsequent purchases of customers who bought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from our site and this rather eclectic list of 30 books reflects the most popular post-Potter reading.”

Two problems with this tactic. First, I can’t tell if AbeBooks is trying to identify the reading habits of adult or kid fans of Harry. Second, if the former, I doubt looking at Internet purchases of books is a good way to go, since it’s the parents buying the books. Most likely, these subsequent purchases were for the parents (the kids are grown up and many of them in college, presumably buying books on their own).


“Once you allow that some glovemaker’s son from Stratford with a grade-school education wrote those plays, you’re likely to start imagining that a cloistered old maid in Amherst, Mass., composed the greatest poetry of the 19th century.”

Ron Charles for the win, ladies and gentlemen.


“Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town.”

Uh-oh. Shots fired in intra-genre warfare.


Oh hey November. What else you got?

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