Critical Linking: April 11th, 2014 today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

Big wheel keeps on turning.


Your reviewer writes, “Claire Bloom, after her divorce from Philip Roth, said Updike’s negative review of Mr. Roth’s ‘Operation Shylock’ (1993) so distressed Mr. Roth that he checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.”

For the record, in the weeks and months immediately after Updike’s March 15, 1993, review of “Operation Shylock” in The New Yorker, I was teaching two classes in literature at Hunter College, giving readings from my book “Patrimony” in Lansing, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Cambridge, South Orange and at the New York “Y,” and completing work on the first chapters of “Sabbath’s Theater.”



A month after turning to fans for the first time to propose a new word for its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, Hasbro revealed the winner: geocache.

Good choice.


In terms of the canon, 81% of respondents claimed they’d read “Pride and Prejudice” and 73% “Moby-Dick” — but only 29% had taken on David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” (However, 40% admitted that they’d lied about reading “Infinite Jest.” Even authors experience peer pressure.)

Even pro writers lie about reading Infinite Jest. A lot of them.


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