CRITICAL LINKING: December 10, 2011

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


“Please forgive us our mis-pronouncement and come, walk with us down the hallowed halls of literary infamy, for we have a whopper of a book to show you.”

The worst book ever, they say.


“It was a desperate race against time. Orwell’s health was deteriorating, the “unbelievably bad” manuscript needed retyping, and the December deadline was looming.”

1984 has shaken a lot of readers, but it might well have killed Orwell.


“Reading is made too easy nowadays, with cheap paper editions and free libraries. A man does not appreciate at its full worth the thing that comes to him without effort.”

Feels like it could have been written yesterday, but it’s actually Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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