Critical Linking: July 11, 2012

1. Books that are too wide and fall off the shelf when spined, or too tall so they have to be shelved sideways, meaning the only way to shelve them is to face them out. Yet they don’t really merit faceout treatment. Name that dilemma.

The tyranny of everyday annoyances, bookseller-style.


The origins of the plot for The Dark Knight Rises, the new Batman movie, lie in “A Tale of Two Cities,” according to its director, Christopher Nolan.

That explains the 18th-century French stills that have been confusing me.


LESSON: Your cover must be pleasing to the people who buy the books. Not just readers. Buyers.

I do like how writers become graphic designers/illustrators as soon as their book is ready for a cover, just like I decide to engage in a little amateur dentistry when my bicuspid is screaming at me.


Carolyn Keene, the author of the Nancy Drew mysteries, was not a real person. It was a mantle worn by 28 different women and men during the series’ 73-year run.

I sort of wish they had used “Dread Pirate Roberts” as the pen-name instead.

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