Critical Linking: September 21, 2012

Horrified that something in Brooklyn was happening without them, each group stormed into the bar, aiming for a hostile takeover. What followed was not a bloodless coup, but the first major engagement of what would soon be known as The War of the Midlist Novelists. There would only be two major engagements in the three month conflict—beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park was the unlikely scene of the second and final skirmish of the war.

Writers Are Coming.


“The auditory configuration of Hell is an opposition of low homogeneous moan and confused Babel, of deep tones and threnodic shrieks, as if combining the outer extremes of human perception is the most authentic expression of damnation.”

Hell, you might not know, is more a literary construct than a theological one. And a loud one at that.


“We have recently made the business decision to not carry Amazon tablets and eReaders beyond our existing inventory and purchase commitments,” Wal-Mart said in a memo sent to store managers dated September 19.

The memo went on to explain: “Because we are not idiots. That’s why.”


It is true that one can get anything online now, and read everything at home, but there is nothing like a “real” book, and nothing like a library…

I like libraries too, but nostalgia alone probably isn’t enough.

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