Critical Linking: June 21st, 2013


One of the most important literary relics of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway’s fully documented typewriter, on which he typed his last book, is being offered by auctioneer Profiles In History in its Rare Books & Manuscripts sale, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  It is estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000.

Usually, the estimated prices on these sorts of literary artifacts blow me away. But this one seems….almost reasonable? In a crazy-rich person sorta way?


From underground radical zine dens to literary island oases to small-press reading rooms that double as party venues — these are some of the most exciting ways that New Yorkers are reinventing the library as an art form.

Undeniably cool. New York’s scope is almost hard to imagine, and this really reminds me of that.


However, there’s no question that despite the distress it causes us that the proportion of women in the paper remains so stubbornly low, the efforts we’ve made to change the situation have been hopelessly unsuccessful.

Gah, London Review of Books. Just……gah.


The Algonquin Hotel in New York is legendary for having been home to the Algonquin Round Table, a meeting of literary minds that included Alexander Woollcott, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and others.

And now the hotel will be part of another literary event: It’s teaming up with publisher Simon & Schuster to create a Simon & Schuster suite and will host a series of readings by writers.

Ah yes, all literary romantics dream of spending the night in the Simon & Schuster suite.




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