CRITICAL LINKING: Last Week’s Greatest Hits

Here are the most-read stories from the week in Critical Linking


“What do six books in a custom-made wooden case add up to? A $2,175 price tag at Anthropologie.”

It’s not a great sign for print books that books as bourgeois-bohemian art-objects is picking up steam.


“When the decor is complete, the shelves will be lined with a one-of-a-kind Assouline collection, consisting of 250 current and vintage volumes in the genre of your choice. Enjoy published works from the world’s foremost artists, photographers, writers, architects, interior designers, and fashion and culinary masters.”

When the revolution comes, I’m going after people who bought this first.


“”Chick-a-dee,” he said, rather than sang, perhaps wearying of the exercise. “Chick-a-dee. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee.”

I can think of something else I am wearying of.


“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.


“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.

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