CRITICAL LINKING: January 2, 2012

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


“I don’t ever go on the Internet. I don’t even know how it works.”

Beverly Cleary, knowing how the internet works is no precondition for being on it.


“Once again, we will have nothing to celebrate this January 1st. Not a single published work is entering the public domain this year. Or next year, or the year after that. In fact, in the United States, no publication will enter the public domain until 2019.”

Man, our intellectual property laws are so screwed up.


“None of it has been difficult. Writing for me is not hard. I seldom make mistakes, I seldom nudge the tiller in the wrong direction so that I have to jettison lots of words.”

Anyone have a fork around? Need to jam it in my eyeball.


“Jeffrey Eugenides, caught mid-stride, glowering, his vest fluttering in a breeze.”

I’m not sure what Eugenides’s vest making a list of the biggest publishing stories of the year says, but it says something.

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