Critical Linking: March 6th, 2014


The reading life is supposed to be fun and enriching–what could be better than books?!–so it’s high time we made some new rules. Here are five that apply whether you’re trying to raise lifelong book lovers, enjoy your own reading life, or both.

I might be biased, but this list of “rules-that-aren’t-rules” is pretty great.


Congratulations to the finalists! We’ll announce the winner on April 2, 2014 and the 34th annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner will be held at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Saturday, May 10th.

The PEN/Faulkner Awards are consistently the most idiosyncratic of the major American literary awards. I love ’em for it.


Last week, student leaders at the University of California, Santa Barbara, passed a resolution urging officials to institute mandatory trigger warnings on class syllabi. Professors who present “content that may trigger the onset of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” would be required to issue advance alerts and allow students to skip those classes.

Now this is a tricky one, indeed.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today announced a new addition to its renowned Best American Series®.  THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY will launch in October 2015 with John Joseph Adams as series editor and Joe Hill as the inaugural guest editor.

This is cool, though I’m quite surprised it didn’t exist in the line-up already.


Critical Linking is sponsored by Warby Parker. Affordable, stylish, vintage-inspired glasses delivered to your door.

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