Critical Linking: December 20, 2014

[Michael] Crichton revealed in a 60 Minutes interview that while he was working on a novel he ate a ham and cheese sandwich every day, which he had pre-made and waiting in the refrigerator alongside cans of Coke.

Famous authors + their favorite workday snacks.


“What part of confidante has that poor teapot played ever since the kindly plant was introduced among us,” observed William Thackeray in The History of Pendennis. And, as he remarks ironically, “what a series of pictures and groups the fancy may conjure up and assemble round the teapot and cup”. Here are some of literature’s best.

Like a good cup of tea? So do these characters in literature.



A great little video on the making of books the old-fashioned way.


2014 was a banner year for femme fans of the sequential arts.Women emerged as the largest growing segment in comics, and continue to be a formidable force that votes with its dollars. They enthusiastically support female creators both online and IRL at conventions and in-store signings, effectively spearheading a new PR movement for the books and creators that they love. Every article on the newly-announced Captain Marvel movie acknowledged that the (largely female) fandom of the Carol Corps was a big factor in the character’s popularity, showcasing how a vocal fan base can move mountains. Tumblr exploded with content that reflected more than various opinions on favorite comic book characters and creators, charting the young women inspired to draw their own sequential stories.

Despite some bummers and some setbacks, 2014 was a helluva good year for female fans of comics.



If you like Jane Austen, what twists on her classics should you read next? Great info graphic.


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