Critical Linking: May 9, 2015

Check out these images of writer’s homes and estates (and boat houses and…)


For me, a bibliophile and literary history fiend, this was an unintentional discovery of a personal holy site I hadn’t realized existed, and I don’t deny closing my eyes for a minute and calling forth images of the Knight and the Nun and the Monk and the Wife of Bath as if they were walking down a contemporary London street. I had arrived, by chance, at the metaphorical birthplace of English Literature, and that place, I realized, was essentially a pub. A pub that once abutted another public house called The George Inn, the oldest traveler’s inn still operating in London, a drinking establishment frequented by Samuel Pepys, and a place that, according to writer Pete Brown, is mostly likely to have been Shakespeare’s watering hole. From this spot, the Tabard in the 13th century, writers and bars have been inextricably entwined ever since.

A nice little piece about literary bars — both those purposefully literary and those which have a place in literary history because of who patronized them regularly.


This post about the “real ages of children’s literature characters” is hilarious.


15. You be you — a reader. Bring your passion for books to the table, and let them learn by watching what you do. Read voraciously. Talk about the people, places, and things in your books. Be engaged — and you’ll engage them.

A round-up of 15 tips for starting a lifelong conversation about books and reading with kids at all ages.


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