Critical Linking: October 10th, 2014


Being a bookseller is a pretty fantastic job, but booksellers are humans and humans can be very, very awkward. Therefore, booksellers can be very, very awkward. Here are 12 Awkward Bookseller Moments. (No booksellers, books, readers, or bears were harmed in the making of this list. Unless you count feeling awkward as being harmed. In which case, yeah, there’s a good amount of that.)

Man, these are just too funny.


Those who fancifully refer to their daily commute as “there and back again” will likely be excited to learn that Stentor Danielson, assistant geography professor by profession and whimsical cartographer at heart, has been creating maps of major American cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the style of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien.

These are remarkable.


Amazon plans to open its first physical store, and that it will be located in midtown Manhattan, right in the heart of New York City. It’ll be located on 34th Street, right between the flagship Macy’s store and the Empire State Building.

This long-rumored store is apparently going to be more about delivery (picking up packages, etc) than showing off products. Should be interesting.


The Author’s Bookshelf: Lena Dunham

By all accounts, Dunham is a serious book nerd. And this look at her favorite books for The Strand shows that she has interesting, wide-ranging tastes


Did you know that Book Riot has a YouTube channel? We do. It’s new and we are having fun with it. Check it out here.


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