CRITICAL LINKING: January 23, 2012

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


“How the New York Times figures its lists is nearly as secret as, say, the recipe for Coca-Cola.”

A heist movie in which a group of plucky debut novelists try to steal the formula for being a NYT bestseller. Think about it. Wes Anderson directs. Topher Grace, Zooey Deschanel, and of course James Franco.


“I would be even more of a basket case without culture.”

Art makes the chronic condition that is life manageable.


“This shrill and rigid public denunciation of a novel about America’s social mores and ideological folk wisdom spoke volumes, of course, about the actual subject of Franzen’s novel: the way the pliant and worthy American ideal of freedom gets bent out of all recognizable shape in the service of brute personal, ideological, and commercial ambitions.”

This is the smartest thing I’ve read about the most talked about book of 2010.


“If someone comes in and asks for a recommendation and you ask for the name of a book that they liked and they can’t think of one, the person is not really a reader. Recommend Nicholas Sparks.”

Bang on the head.


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