CRITICAL LINKING: December 12, 2011

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


“I’m just saying… this film should not be taken to demonstrate what YA writers are like. And I’m saying this because just this morning, three people asked jokingly me ‘Hey, is that writer in ‘Young Adult’ based on you? Har har har!’ This is going to be a thing. I can feel it.”

Maureen Johnson reviews Young Adult.


“Twelve years ago, humorist David Sedaris recounted his experiences as Crumpet the Macy’s department store elf on Morning Edition. We rebroadcast Sedaris’ reading from his Santaland Diaries.”

Whatever it is that David Sedaris does, this is prime example.


“As much as I may want (or have wanted) it to be so, books haven’t been a sufficient comfort or diversion as I prepared to lose my boobs, then lost them, and began trying to adjust to their absence from my body.”

On the limits of reading as comfort.


“It all started more than a month ago when Susana said she needed all our favorite books of the year because she’d reserved the photo studio for later that day. She had this — I thought — crazy idea of making the books into stars and photographing them from above.”

An independent bookstores goes above and beyond.

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