Critical Linking: January 30th, 2014


For club members, it offers a rare opportunity to question authors in person about the writing process, their intentions as storytellers and perhaps a stray plotline that needs explanation. For authors, it is a way to talk directly to their readers, hoping to build word-of-mouth for their books and earning a little money on the side for an evening’s work. (Of the $750 fee, $400 goes to the author and $350 goes to Book the Writer.) The service also benefits publishers who view discoverability as perhaps their biggest challenge, as bookstores disappear and book tours and readings decline precipitously.

Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have created a wearable, augmented book that tries to physically make you feel the characters’ feelings as you read the story. The project’s called Sensory Fiction. It’s a book covered in sensors and actuators and hooked up to a strappy vest type thing you wear while reading. As the plot unfolds, the gadget-book produces physical sensations to mimic the characters’ emotions.

I have to wonder if people who make stuff like this sorta don’t get what happens when you read a great book as is.


Interesting. And is it just me, or does $750 seem pretty reasonable? 


A former teacher was detained in Russia’s Urals after being accused of stabbing an acquaintance to death in a dispute about literary genres, investigators said Wednesday.

The Cather in the Rye is YA! No, it isn’t! STAB


An eco-terrorist has been ordered to read a book by Malcolm Gladwell as part of her sentence. Rebecca Rubin received her five-year prison sentence in Portland, Oregon on Monday from US district court judge Ann Aiken, Canadian press reported.

The judge originally offered to reduce the sentence to three years if she read a couple of dinosaur erotica novels, but Rubin declined. (kidding).


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