Critical Linking: September 3, 2014

“I’ve had plenty of times when I’ve installed [a Little Free Library] and people have hugged them,” Mr. Bol says. He’s heard a lot of heartwarming stories, too: One man told him that the book exchange had gotten his neighbors talking to one another again. A woman said that, on Halloween night, “the kids were paying more attention to the Little Free Library than the candy.” 

Little Free Libraries warn the cold cockles of my heart- and apparently everyone else’s.


“Reading Rainbow” will publish Burton’s book, titled “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm,” on Oct. 7. The book, which contains prose and rhyme, was written with Susan Schaefer Bernardo and is illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher.

Levar Burton wrote a children’s book? Yes, please!


Perhaps the most adorable part of the script change is when Pynchon writes that he respectfully refuses to call Homer a “fat-ass.”

“I’m sorry guys,” he wrote. “Homer is my role model and I can’t speak ill of him.”

Pynchon’s notes on his script for The Simpsons are pretty classy.


Japanese author Haruki Murakami has a new novella in the works which will be published by Knopf on December 2nd.

Well all righty then.

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