Critical Linking: June 7, 2013


Set in AD 2540, this influential novel goes way beyond the science fiction genre and asks many searching questions about the effects of technology, industrialization and mass production on society in general.  Priced at $8,750, this is the most expensive copy of Brave New World ever sold by AbeBooks.

First edition in a very good dust jacket. Not bad.


I ask Homes what she intends to do with her £30,000 winnings. The answer is not quite as exciting as I had imagined: “I took out a home loan while writing the novel because it took so long to write. So I’m going to pay that back. I’ve also been wearing the same pair of shoes for the last ten years, and as you can see, they’re wearing out, so I think I may actually get a new pair of fancy shoes. That’s the fancy life of a literary writer!”

This is one of those little facts about writing books that I think some folks with literary stars in their eyes should know.


Mark Ryan, the DOJ’s lead attorney, asked the Penguin Group’s CEO David Shanks whether Amazon execs were happy when they were told they would be required to move to the agency model and lose control over ebook prices.

“No,” he said smiling. “They yelled, screamed, and threatened.”



The heartwarming campaign added Justice League superhero logos to IV bags in the chemotherapy ward to make “a child-friendly version of the treatment” with Batman, Superman and other comic book heroes.

Very cool.



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