Critical Linking: May 25, 2014

His three-bedroom, 2500-square-foot house, build in 1937, is painted a cheery yellow. It has three bathrooms, hardwood floors, and sits on a generously sized 9,500-square-foot lot. It is loaded with original details, the sort that were part of the texture of the author’s daily life. 

If you’ve got a spare $1.495 million dollars lying around, you could snatch up Ray Bradbury’s home.


Alexandria, Virginia; Miami, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee lead Amazon’s list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America this year.

Which cities in America are the most well-read? Amazon took a stab at making a list based on book, magazine, and newspaper sales.


A book advance takes into consideration the quality of the book, “buzz,” the author’s long-term career promise, the author’s pre-existing fan base, and more. These are judgment calls that affect the advance but aren’t directly reflected in a profit-and-loss statement.

This is an interesting breakdown of advances for debut novels by gender. It’s an imperfect look, since Publisher’s Marketplace doesn’t report every deal and deals reported don’t always include the advance information, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Surprising to see female debut YA authors seem to pull the highest advances — curious how that would break down by genre, too.


By drawing on issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology, we can be much better prepared for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come.

Is there life in outer space? NASA’s got a free ebook about human/extraterrestrial communication, packed with thoughts by scholars and scientists on the topic.

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