Critical Linking: November 25th, 2014


How Long Would You Survive The Hunger Games?

Judging by this quiz, I wouldn’t make it past the part where they say “Hey Jeff, you’re in The Hunger Games this year.”


So, then: Why is there still a Strand Book Store?

Extensive, fascinating profile of a New York institution.


While some people are slowly walking home through the neon-lit streets, or getting ready to hit the club scene, others are on their way to a more unusual nocturnal hangout — a bookstore. The Eslite store in central Taipei opens 24 hours and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime hours. Here, young and old sit side-by-side on small steps or around reading tables, deeply engrossed in literary worlds.

Surely New York or San Francisco could support something like this. Pretty please?


The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin will announce on Monday that it has acquired García Márquez’s archive, which contains manuscripts, notebooks, photo albums, correspondence and personal artifacts, including two Smith Corona typewriters and five Apple computers.

Where, presumably, it will be overseen by an immortal librarian with a beautiful parrot on her shoulder.


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