Critical Linking: April 29th, 2014


With limited time to consume print media, but with ample time to listen, I have become an avid fan of podcasts, and my hungry mind devours the bookish and storytelling podcasts below. These shows provide the literary fix I need as a word nerd. I plan special walks or add extra chores to my list when any of these drop new episodes. I hope you enjoy them, too.

Finding new podcast is tough, so here’s a good (if I do say so myself, ahem) list to peruse.


Producers Bob Guza and John Hardy of Shelton Street present an industry-only reading of A Confederacy of Dunces, based on the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by John Kennedy Toole, April 28 at Pearl Studios in New York City.

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, the reading of A Confederacy of Dunces — which plans for a future life on Broadway — stars Nick Offerman as Ignatius J. Reilly with Celia Weston as Irene, Lea DeLaria as Santa, Dakin Matthews as Claude, Steve Rattazzi as Mancuso, Danielle Skraastad as Lana Lee, Grace Rex as George/Mrs. Levy, Kate Rockwell as Darlene, Will Jackson Harper as Jones, Joey Slotnick Gus Levy, David Turner as Mr. Gonzales/Dorian, Marylouise Burke as Miss Trixie and Leon Addison Brown and Mr. Watson.

I would love love love to see this.


Most Hemingway fans know of his reverence for bullfighters, and affinity for spiced rum. But did you also know that his beloved pet cats had opposable thumbs?

These and other fun author tidbits (Tolstoy learned to ride a bike at age 67!) are illustrated in Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff [Chronicle Books, $19.95]. Take a look:



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