Critical Linking: January 15th, 2014


Whether you’ve deduced or observed, how much you really know about Arthur Conan Doyle and his invincible detective?

Tough quiz….though I guess that sorta fits, doesn’t it?


Eight cutting write-ups are in the running for the Hatchet Job of the Year award, run by the Omnivore website, from Gill’s take-down of Morrissey in the Sunday Times (“Putting it in Penguin Classics doesn’t diminish Aristotle or Homer or Tolstoy; it just roundly mocks Morrissey, and this is a humiliation constructed by the self-regard of its victim”), to David Sexton’s dismissal of Eleanor Catton’s Booker prize-winning tome The Luminaries.

Interesting that one of the subjects is the Booker-winning The Luminaries.


They hold me up as an example but I am not an example of publishers or bookstores extracting value because without an editor my first novel, Looking for Alaska, would have been unreadably self-indulgent. And even after she helped me make it better it wouldn’t have found its audience without unflagging support … from booksellers around the country. I wouldn’t have the YouTube subscribers or the Tumblr followers, and even if I did I wouldn’t have any good books to share with them.

John Green on why he won’t ever self-publish, though he know has the platform to do so.


Top Books of 2013 at The New York Public Library

Interesting that the top two books weren’t 2013 releases.



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