Critical Linking: December 3rd, 2013


The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Always one of the most influential year-end lists.


Mr. De Caro, 39, is a character who seems to have been conjured jointly by Jorge Luis Borges and the Italian crime novelist Andrea Camilleri: a rare-book lover; a figure in the nebulous orbit of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi; a sometime consultant in the renewable-energy field; and, by his own admission to prosecutors in official court documents, the architect of the most successful forgery of a book by Galileo ever executed.

What a crazy story. I mean, was this guy tracked down by world-renowned symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon?


And now, as we kick off another Year in Reading, we become the postcard collectors, learning where the minds of some of our favorite writers and thinkers traveled in 2013.

A fun year-end feature over at The Millions.


Relatives of late sci-fi icon Isaac Asimov are suing the prolific writer’s literary agency, saying it’s refusing their demands to take a hike. Asimov’s daughter Robyn and widow Janet say they hired Trident Media Group to rep the “I, Robot” writer’s estate in 2008 “to exclusively maintain, sell, license and otherwise exploit” Asimov’s works.

I think if a client says “you’re fired,” then you can’t just say “no I’m not.” Right?



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