Critical Linking for June 6th, 2014


A survey has named “My dear, I don’t give a damn”, from Gone With the Wind as the greatest literary putdown. Here are our choices. What are yours? 

This list of literary insults reminded me never get into a verbal fight with George Orwell.


We asked the cartoonist Bob Eckstein to walk around New York City and draw his favorite bookstores. This is what he sent us:

This is just so great.


Who are the Book Girls? They are readers, and in this particular case, they are girls and women. In fact, one of the sadder things about observing the Book Girls in action is realizing that they – walking from author signing to author signing in happy gaggles, toting friends and sometimes parents – are having their voracious reading habits and their devotion to the importance of talking about your feelings socially reinforced in a way that one fears may be far less common for boys with similar impulses.

Ah yes, the old girls read boys don’t let’s worry routine.

____________________ Colbert declared war against internet giant Wednesday, claiming the online retailer put the brakes on sales of his books. Now, he’s teaming up with Portland’s iconic bookseller to promote the sale of books available at Powell’s. “I’m mad Prime!” Cobert said Wednesday evening on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report. “Watch out Bezos, this means war!” Boy, did Amazon mess with wrong faux-conservative TV character this time. ____________________

The dog days are over, and cool, crisp weather approaches. Spruce up your fall wardrobe with new lightweight scarves.