CRITICAL LINKING: November 8, 2011

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


“I never got to the end of Invisible Man.”

Usually, I kinda like these “stuff I’ve never read ” lists. But when it’s The Paris Review and Invisible Man, I have to admit I’m disappointed.


“In the theory most science fiction fans have heard of, Dick became convinced that the world of 1974 was a holographic illusion, that it was really 70 A.D., and that he had been contacted by either the Holy Spirit or Sophia, the Gnostic embodiment of divine wisdom, and alerted to the presence of an underground Christian movement dedicated to overthrowing the false world.”

And this, friends, is the less strange version of what happened to Philip K. Dick in 1974.


“In other words, the competitive factor is not how fast the hardware is, or the size of the frontlist catalog, but the aggregate size of the media library provided to the consumer.”

You know, I think in three years or so that having a device that is only an e-reader will be like carrying around a pager today.


Whether Wood consciously or unconsciously betrayed a standard he consciously recognizes, or could be made to recognize, doesn’t interest me. His piece is in bad faith.”

Jonathan Lethem on being reviewed, and mischaracterized, by the most influential critic of our day.

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