Critical Linking: September 18th, 2012

Q: Literary critics were tough on your books, labeling the writing poor and the content in poor taste. But you didn’t set out to write “War and Peace,” right?



Teaching has given me a good life. I think for many writers this is true. It is a widely established feature of American life that we teach, just as musicians and painters do, typically. I think it is good for most of us — the impulse to sustain and develop an art through pedagogy is very ancient and respectable.

Serious question: how many American novelists support themselves through royalties on their novels alone? 100? 200?


The problem with shoddy political allegories like V For Vendetta (or The Dark Knight) is that the alternative realities they rely on to make their experiments work are so preposterous and rigged that they end up disproving themselves.

As opposed to, say, talking animals or replicants or some guy traveling the world and meeting horse-people and inches-tall people.


The library is still a mysterious place that contains items that may or may not be of value of the natural and supernatural variety, and provides comfortable seating for reading and a great place to gather. We should embrace these and market the library in a way that demystifies what a library contains while still catering to the desire for a location that is safe, neutral, and not distracting.

So, basically, market libraries like they are The Catacombs, but with espresso. I’m in.

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