Critical Linking: April 20, 2012


Winning the award was a blessing, but also a curse. “I’ve had trouble writing since I won,” Ward admits. “I feel the weight of that list.” She now stands in the company of, among others, William Faulkner and Alice Walker, who she counts among her influences.

I can only imagine how this must weigh. Good, but that is some heavy stuff.


I’m pro-reading and I’m platform agnostic. I think this is a great time to be a reader. I don’t think it makes sense to make predictions, but the current trends point to further disruption in the industry and a further blossoming of choices and access for readers. The internet has allowed readers to find each other and sites and communities catering to those readers to flourish. Not only is it now suddenly possible to get your hands on almost any book you could ever want, it’s possible to find people to talk to about that book.

Amidst all the sturm and drang of watching this play out, let’s keep our eyes on the prize. This is an amazing time to be a reader.


W.W. Norton will go back to press for 15,000 copies of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt, winner of the General Nonfiction Pulitzer.

Is it just me, or does it seem like a Pulitzer win should result in a bigger bump?


We have several flavors of pre-rejection available for you today. Each is painful and discouraging in its own way. We encourage you to get the one that really feels right to you.

You know, I think I prefer a form letter. But to each their own.

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