Critical Linking: March 6th, 2015


22 Secrets That Booksellers Will Never Tell You

If this list of bookseller secrets is to be believed, much of being a bookseller is writing puns and being angry and distributors.


“I must have looked baffled because he he looked very pleased with himself. And he carried on with his metaphor. Books are sharks … because sharks have been around for a very long time. There were sharks before there were dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in the ocean is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark.”

This anecdote from Neil Gaiman about Douglas Adams is priceless.


 The film’s official US trailer debuted this week, reminding us of the many literary rumors that have plagued some of literature’s finest. Here are just a few. Feel free to add to the list or muse about what these rumors mean about our culture, below.

I’m not much for gossip myself, but when it comes to literary rumors….well let’s just say I’ll listen.


But — and this is the rub with pursuing your passion in the arts — you spend all that time and energy (and maybe even money) on a project, one that you know is strong and people will respond to, and it dies as it’s coming out of the starting gate. It’s still perfect, just as you envisioned it, but no one cares.

For whatever reason, no one cares.

A thoughtful reflection on writing a book that no one cares about.


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