Critical Linking for June 27th, 2014


The first half of the year has been filled with great books, largely by young or debut authors (as well as familiar names like Lydia Davis). From Helen Oyeyemi to Kyle Minor, these authors’ 2014 offerings come with the promise of decades-long careers to come, and bode well for the future of fiction.

Hasn’t been an extraordinary year for fiction (yet), but there still have been more than enough good novels published so far.


On Wednesday, the French parliament passed a long-debated law that will end’s ability to offer a combined 5% discount and free shipping on books shipped to France.

Not sure that the best way to keep a reading culture vibrant is price control.


Any effective phrase can get burnt out on parody or overuse, but some tropes are so obvious that to use them at all is like announcing the arrival of a washed-up celebrity. Let’s probe the origins of some of the most famous (and perhaps best avoided) cliches lurking in our literary past:

Little did he know that once upon a time it was a dark and stormy night.

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