Critical Linking: April 15th, 2013


Turow points to the search “Scott Turow free e-books” brings up a pirate sites.  But who is searching ““Scott Turow free e-books” unless someone is looking not to pay for them?  Most paying customers are going to their favorite etailer and typing in “Scott Turow.”

This is right. In fact, I took a look at Google’s keyword tool that suggests searches related to a specific phrase and plugged in “Scott Turow.” “Free Scott Turow e-books” doesn’t even appear in the top 100 most relevant searches.


There are fewer novels set in medieval times (5th through 15th centuries), total, than in the 16th century.

I wonder, do fantasy novels, many set in a vaguely medievilish time, suck up all the oxygen for historical fiction set in the real past?


My job with him has gone way beyond the remit of an agent. I grit my teeth as I apologise to people he regularly insults, who are too scared to stand up to him and vent on me. I often send flowers to his partner, pretending they’re from him.

Anonymous whining from a literary agent about an unnamed author. Classy.


On an every-day, every-issue level, my goal fundamentally is to make every issue of the Book Review lively, engaging, thought-provoking and unpredictable in the best of ways.

Sounds like the NYTBR is trying to become like some other bookish thing I know. Can’t think of the name just now. I’m sure it will come to me.


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