Critical Linking: November 18th, 2014

 

In order of release, these films made 2014 the year of the book-to-movie adaptation.

This list tells me mostly that 2014 wasn’t a great year for literary adaptations, though we still have Mockingly and the last Hobbit movie headlining the holiday movie season.

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Brooklyn-based Vice Media Group is launching its first standalone literary platform, which will be dedicated to original pieces of science fiction. The site, Terraform, will operate as a part of Motherboard, Vice’s online science and technology magazine and video channel.

Unexpected, but Vice does all sorts if unexpected things. At the very least, it won’t be boring.

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Jonathan Franzen has a new novel, and it’s coming out in September 2015. The book’s called Purity, which is the name of the main character and also a metaphor, probably. Like The Corrections and Freedom, Purity will tell the story of multiple generations of one American family — unlike those earlier books, this new one will find the author experimenting with something close to magical realism.

My favorite part of a new Franzen book is Franzen making publicity rounds and just hating on things.

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These books, some of whose prices run into the high double or triple figures, can still be a bit of an indulgence—which is why they’re perfect for the gift-giving season. We highlight 12 worthy picks, followed by another 20 notable titles.

Tis the season for giving books—and big, expensive, illustrated books sure do make for impressive gifts.

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