CRITICAL LINKING: November 23, 2011

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


“From now on, I plan to acknowledge thank yous with a smile and a slight bow, possibly an arms-extended I-am-not-worthy gesture. Please feel free to join me.”

This is what happens when people stop saying “you’re welcome.” 


“The old filtering processes where book sections and professional book critics held sway are slowly losing their power to influence, while the Net has opened a vast, undisciplined, self-proclaimed array of reviewers who offer opinions about the quality of mainstream books that could be sincere and authoritative but can also be suspect and self-serving.”

I always forget that professional book critics are immune to self-interest and suspicion.


“There are agile tongues, rooms that begin to shake, warm wet caves, volcanic releases, moist meat, bottomless swamps of dead fish and yellow lilies in bloom and cellars filled with a heady store of wines and spirits emitting wafts of gaseous bouquets.”

A bad sex writing award is like bad pizza: it’s still flat and cheesy.




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