CRITICAL LINKING: November 29, 2011

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


“The closer two writers are, the more likely someone will like both of them.”

Addictive, hypnotic, dubious.


“It’s a performance, for me, now inseparable from the text. I read Waugh, and I hear Cochrane.”

Another take on hearing books.


“Books tend to be offered as the antithesis of technology, but in fact they are its apotheosis. They are amongst the first objects humanity was capable of mass producing and certainly the first cultural/expressive artifact.”

This is definitely worth remembering.


“So even if a friend was the the first one to tell you about “Seabiscuit” or “Cutting for Stone,” and even if that friend heard about it from yet another friend, most likely if you follow the chain of recommendations far enough back, you’ll end up meeting a bookseller, an independent bookseller.”

Uh, I love independent bookstores too, but I don’t think you can support a claim like this.

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