Critical Linking: January 8, 2014


“My five-year-old insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl.” 

Gender-flipping Tolkien. Pretty fucking genius.


“With no attention paid to the number of book readers and retailers, the novel itself seems to hold as much power as ever. Twenty-thirteen was a wonderful year for fiction.” 

Here comes the Rooster. Pretty solid, diverse list of finalists this time around.


“Content is thriving more now than ever before. The book transition that in large part has been ushered in by Amazon is succeeding because, rather than relying on an old infrastructure to sell and distribute books, authors and creators are now able to use technology to connect directly with their audience.”

The book is dead. Long live the book.


“Female characters should not all look the same, act the same, have the same needs, desires, tics, jobs, strengths, vulnerabilities, and preoccupations. Just show us thinking about, talking about, engaging in many different types of things—as we are wont to do—and your movie should make gazillions.”

People for an Updated Bechdel Test for Books Too.


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