Critical Linking for May 3rd, 2013


My Dad passed away yesterday at 66 years old after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer about two months ago. My Dad really started my love of reading, and he would almost read a book a day if he wasn’t doing anything else. He’s kept a spreadsheet of all the books he’s read for years, and I thought I’d share it, as it’s something he was really proud of, and if you look at some of his favorites, maybe you could find a great new book to read.

I take back everything bad I ever said about Reddit. (and 10,000 books read in a lifetime!)


I think it’s fair to say that I write for a perceptive reader. You have to get it. If you don’t get it the first time you may not understand. If you like repetition, analysis, explanation, you probably won’t like my books.

To paraphrase As Good As It Gets, this quote from James Salter makes me feel good about being me.


...they have been working in a bunker, the manuscripts kept in safes there when they’re not working on them. They aren’t allowed to even bring cellphones in — and can’t even admit what they’re working on to anyone else in the building…

CIA files maybe? Or intercepted terrorist communications? Nope. This is all for the folks translating the new Dan Brown novel.


And Fiction winner The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson, saw sales increase from 413 copies to 2,477 after the award announcement.

Goodness. So Adam Johnson only sold 2477 more novels than I did the week after the Pulitzer was announced. And he won the damn thing.

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