Critical Linking: November 23, 2013

Beginning next summer, a public art program designed to promote fun reading and stories taking place in the city will take the form of benches that will look like giant books. The benches will be scattered across the city and will be based on such novels as “Peter Pan,” Michael Rosen’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” and others.

London! Go sit on the books!


Cary Elwes is writing a book about the making of the film “The Princess Bride.” Elwes, who played the dashing hero Westley, will publish the book in the fall of 2014 with Touchstone. Its title is bound to charm the film’s fans: “As You Wish: Tales from the Princess Bride.”

I will read this book.


Every time there has been a new form of communication that has emerged, people have always predicted that it will kill the novel. Radio was supposed to have killed the novel. Movies, TV were supposed  to kill the novel, but none of them have done that. There is something very persistent about sitting quietly and enjoying an interaction between the reader and the words in a book. People really like it. I think the novel has never had the size of audience that an episode of “Friends” has, unless it’s been freakishly like Harry Potter or the Twilight books, or God help us, “50 Shades of Grey.” The number of people reading the novel style has stayed the same, remarkably loyal.

Salman Rushdie, being a voice of reason about social media.




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