Critical Linking for July 22nd, 2015


I reached out and asked him for an expanded version of his reading list that includes some of his favorite books by women. He kindly complied and offered a stimulating selection of twelve books to enrich any human life — here it is, beginning with the original eight from the show and Harris’s comments about some of them.

A few familiar titles on this list of 12 Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read and a few unfamiliar ones. My favorite kind.


E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan.

Another great one now gone.


To promote his new book, Modern Romance, Ansari has been going around to random bookstores while traveling and secretly signing copies. On one copy, he even addressed a note to former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen.

Simple, fun idea.


More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black. A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation.

Man, it just wasn’t that long ago. And still a long way to go.

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