Critical Linking: March 26th, 2014


Here are 17 novels with strong descriptions of their settings, and the actual cities that inspired them

Beautiful pictures of the real-life settings of some famous books and scenes. (The lighthouse from To the Lighthouse is particularly good.)


Rising rents in Manhattan have forced out many retailers, from pizza joints to flower shops. But the rapidly escalating cost of doing business there is also driving out bookstores, threatening the city’s sense of self as the center of the literary universe, the home of the publishing industry and a place that lures and nurtures authors and avid readers.

Manhattan is insanely expensive, and $40,000 a month in rent is just impossible for a bookstore to handle.


The New York Public Library (NYPL) launched today a state-of-the-art book recommendation tool in its online catalog, BiblioCommons, to help Library users discover new books based on their reading preferences. Powered by Bookish Recommends from New York startup Zola Books, the online program connects people to a broader selection of the library’s vast collection by offering relevant book suggestions.

I’m still waiting for an digital recommendation engine that seems to work for me, but the one Bookish created is the best of a mediocre lot.


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