Critical Linking for July 15th, 2015


Combining this fascination with how we choose what we read and my other recent obsession — personality tests — along with common debates about whether plot matters more than prose style and whether novels should be uplifting or depressing led me to come up with a simple, thoroughly unscientific quiz to diagnose eight readerly personalities. Answer the following questions, then move forward to find your books.

I am not sure that this reader personality type quiz is at all representative of anything, but the idea that we each have our own reading personality makes sense to me.


Shocking the literary world once again, acclaimed author Harper Lee announced through her publisher Tuesday the surprise release of her third novel, My Excellent Caretaker Deserves My Entire Fortune. “On behalf of Ms. Lee, we’re delighted to bring the public this moving new story, which follows the heartwarming relationship between a deaf and nearly blind author in the small-town South and the extremely kind and attentive caretaker to whom she wills every penny of her $45 million estate,” said HarperCollins president Michael Morrison

Too real, The Onion. Too freaking real. 


Ever wondered how much a sandwich would cost you in Westeros? Or how much a pint would set you back in the leaky cauldron? Well now you can find out with our handy infographic!

Weirdly useful. 


In a column discussing the PRH merger. Martin said, “I’m not interested in a book that is going to generate less than $100,000 in revenue unless the editor or publisher has a compelling vision for the book and/or the author.” This has set the cat among the pigeons north of the border.

It might seem like a lot, but to put it into more familiar terms, to generate $100,000 revenue a title needs only to sell in the 7000-10000 copy range.

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