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.


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.


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. 


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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