Critical Linking for September 6th, 2013


Ian McKellen has signed on to play a retired Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s A Slight Trick of the Mind, the parties announced today.

McKellen as a retired Holmes is maybe even better casting than McKellen as Gandalf.


Every year, I take a day and recommend a book from each section and subsection of the independent bookstore where I work.

Cool bookseller does cool booksellery thing.


Here’s the plan: We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books. Maybe you’ll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing).

Sherman Alexie wants authors to support independent bookstores by being booksellers for a day. Pretty cool.


The CHART OF THE DAY shows university textbook prices surged 102 percent through July from December 2001 while the costs for recreational books declined 1.5 percent. Over the same period, the consumer price index measuring the cost of all goods and services rose 32 percent.

On a long enough timeline, this growth rate would mean that eventually textbooks will eventually cost more than college itself.



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