CRITICAL LINKING: November 9, 2011

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


“As a result, Starbucks never exists, and civilization is worse off without non-fat, half-calf, extra-foamy vanilla lattes.”

Pretty funny alternate histories of some famous literary characters.

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“It’s not easy putting together a list of the year’s best books, but we’ve held many meetings and votes, we’ve pored over the books and occasionally poured our hearts out to get you this final Top 100.”

Amazon, always ahead of everybody else.

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“And so with all the lovely books we read as kids there are a number that we’d rather have not, and that we’d rather only be given to kids if you’re going to have a serious talk with them afterwards about what the book may or may not be implying about their bodies, their lives, or their futures.”

My addition to this: Portnoy’s Complaint. Wasn’t ready for it at 13.

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“‘The Prague Cemetery ‘ is an entertaining and melodramatic farrago of 19th-century European hate-mongering that features a sinister cast of anti-Semites, assassins and Satanists.”

You had me at “19th-Century European hate-mongering.”

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