CRITICAL LINKING: January 6, 2011

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

 

“The prose of Tolkien” – who was nominated by his friend and fellow fantasy author CS Lewis – “has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality”, wrote jury member Anders Österling.”

How do you say ‘ouch’ in Swedish?

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“He was an intellectual with the instincts of a street brawler, never happier than when engaged in moral or political fisticuffs.”

Rushdie on Hitchens. Takes a fighter to know a fighter.

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“Travellers heading to Dubai over the Christmas period got into the festive spirit by reading Santa Baby by Katie Price.”

I need this to mean something.

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“So, this is my last post as a sane human being (if it could ever be said I was sane). I will be undertaking my 179 book journey after midterms next week starting with THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS by Booth Tarkington.”

I guess that 99.4% of people who read Booth Tarkington these days do so because of that damn Modern Library list.

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