Critical Linking: October 14th, 2014, Evening Edition


Whether the inspiration behind these fictional destinations is based on a real town, on the creator’s life experiences, or just their vivid imagination, the idea of actually visiting locations like Frank Miller’s brooding Basin City or Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park appeals to many. Thanks to our infographic below, your wish is now our command!

These 50 real locations that inspired fictional settings would make a heck of a travel itinerary, no?


A new book, The Lyrics: Since 1962, will collect every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded – on his albums and official bootlegs – to make what the president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, Jonathan Karp, has called “the biggest, most expensive book we’ve ever published.” The tome, due out in November, will be slightly larger than an LP, contain more than 960 pages and weigh approximately 13 and a half pounds, according to The New York Times. The limited-edition book will sell for $200 and an extremely limited version, signed by Dylan, will go for $5,000.

I am buying this (the cheaper one). Aside: would make a good endcap to a career, say in prelude to a 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature?


After a long and engaged summary treatment of Abbott’s subject, Yardley notes that Abbott “obviously has a strong interest in women who decline the roles society tries to force them into. At its best her prose is vivid, especially when she writes about battles and the terrible costs they exact, while at its less-than-best seems (dare I say it?) to have been borrowed from the pages of a woman’s magazine.”

Battle-descriptions are good. Describing clothing is bad. Got it, ladies? Unreal.

Bundle (up) with bookish leggings + 2 pairs of socks for $30 and spend the snuggly season in literary style.