Critical Linking for August 7th, 2015

 

How long will it take to finish your TBR pile?

I don’t keep a to be read pile, but if you do, this tool to calculate how long it will take to get through your pile might be a little sobering.

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Whom do you consider the best writers — novelists, essayists, critics, journalists, poets — working today?

I always dodge this question, because it forces me into talking about literature as a horse race. Triple Crown winners vs. lame hacks? Nah. Of course I have opinions and favorites, but listing them seems tiresome, and anyhow, if I tried I know I’d leave out half the people I really wanted to mention.

Ursula K. Le Guin is not here for your boilerplate interview questions.

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After a minute and a half, the plug was over, and the promotional impact was staggering. When Stewart began his pitch, “Do Unto Animals” was ranked at 244,740 on Amazon.  Twenty-four hours later, it was at No. 11. And it kept rising. By Thursday morning, it was up to No. 7, a few notches below Dr. Seuss’s newly discovered “What Pet Should I Get?” and Harper Lee’s newly discovered “Go Set a Watchman,” and just ahead of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me.”

So apparently Jon Stewart could move some books. 

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The Edible Book Contest is an opportunity for participants to create edible creations based on books, whether it’s a book-shaped cake, a book with pages made from pressed vegetables or a martini with an “olive ‘r twist.”

It’s like a hashtag game come to life.

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