CRITICAL LINKING: January 13, 2012

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


“It’s always surprising and a little awkward to attend readings of well-known but geographically distant authors that are somewhat… empty. That’s why the most fun readings I’ve experienced are those of well-liked local authors. There’s always a big crowd, you can tell the author is having a good time, and it’s a great opportunity to meet others in your city’s lit world if you feel so inclined.”

This and other good advice for avoiding terrible author events.


“A Texas-based outfit, the Global Language Monitor, puts the number of words at 1,010,649—that’s as of May 24, 2011—and growing at the rate of one new word every 98 minutes. Whatever the count, there are plenty of words to go around.

Of all these hundreds of thousands of words, only one do I hold in contempt. That word is ‘like'”

I really, um…..agree with this.


“Over the years, I find that I’ve come to frequent independent bookstores primarily to boost my spirit; and when I walk out with a book or two that happens to blow my mind (which is more often than not the case), I count myself an extra-lucky girl.”

I’ll say this: how many stores actually make you feel better after shopping there? Bookstores are all the comes to mind.


“The implication of these reviews isn’t that critics are terrified of female sexuality, but that they deem exploring ideas infinitely more important than exploring biological and/or emotional sensations, and are disturbed that at 15 years old, when the world ought to still be ripe with wonder, girls—or boys—might already be more interested in getting their rocks off.”

I think I have a new favorite column.


Jeff O’Neal is the editor of Book Riot. Follow him on Twitter: @readingape

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