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.


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.


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.


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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