Critical Linking: March 13, 2012

“With the technology, when you get to designated spots in a comic you’ll be prompted to open up the Marvel AR [augmented reality] app on your iOS or Android device and point it at the page, enabling an overlay with a 3D character (Iron Man, for example) zooming above the page. What sounds more promising to us are AR-powered commentaries from the artists and writers behind the stories — sort of like DVD bonus features for comics.”

There is a 12-year old inside of me that is freaking out right now.


“They still get no respect, but no literary force has done so much to change the world – nor continues to do so – than the historic team of women novelists and their eager, overwhelmingly female readers.”

This is one of the reasons I think the gender bias in The New York Times (and virtually every other mainstream media outlet) might matter less than we think it does. Without female readers, there wouldn’t be a fiction market, let alone a literary fiction one.


“I can’t list the number of friendships that started in those days – many of the people I wound up sitting next to, or talking to in the bar, back then, at those conventions, are friends of mine still. Some of them are writers and editors and agents and artists. Some of them are dentists and lawyers and local government employees.

And some of those friendships wound up being useful in getting work, as often happens.”

I wonder if this still holds, or if social media is serving the function that workshops and conventions used to.


“LinkedIn and the Council of Economic Advisors mapped the fastest-growing and fastest-shrinking industries since 2007, the year the Great Recession started. Renewables are at the top and newspapers are at the bottom.”

And here’s another reason to be skeptical of the literary establishment’s influence.


“He has done this not by championing literature’s survival. Not at all. Fowler had accepted the book’s demise. In fact, having passed through the customary stages of grief, he may be the only person I know who can openly say, and with a smile on his face, that the book is dead. Dead as a doornail.”

Used bookstores as a fossil record of the publishing industry.

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