Critical Linking: October 9th, 2014


The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2014 is awarded to the French author Patrick Modiano “For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.

That’s the full citations from Stockholm. Get a quick overview of Modiano’s work here.


I feel this morning that there should be prizes in literature for the following:
Most Ignored Really Good Book
Best Serious Novel With Sex You Would Actually Want To Have
Worst Book To Teach Other Writers A Great Deal About Storytelling
Best Sad Book That Is Not Egregiously Manipulative Or Contrived
Book That Stays With You And Actually Changes The Way You Think
Book That Made Most People Who Read It Happier And Nicer

Great ideas, Nick Harkaway. Any nominations?


A Swiss publisher was searching for chapters of Truman Capote’s unfinished final novel last summer when he stumbled upon a different find. While poring over Capote’s writings and papers at the New York Public Library, the publisher, Peter Haag, discovered a collection of previously unpublished short stories and poems from Capote’s youth.

Hiding in plain view in a collection at the NYPL, where almost anybody could have found them. Nice find, Swiss guy.


Author Zilpha Keatley Snyder, who received three Newbery Honors for her middle-grade novels, including The Egypt Game, has died of complications from a stroke, in San Francisco. She was 87.

Man, who didn’t love The Egypt Game? Thanks, and fare thee well Zilpha. (Also, Zilpha is a freaking sweet name?)


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