Critical Linking for August 14th, 2015


Here’s the list as provided by the White House:

“All That Is,” James Salter

“All The Light We Cannot See,” Anthony Doerr

“The Sixth Extinction,” Elizabeth Kolbert

“The Lowland,” Jhumpa Lahiri

“Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Washington: A Life,” Ron Chernow

Whether this is what he will actually read, just a carefully crafted list for release, or something in between, nevertheless it is still a really good list. Another lady or two wouldn’t kill him though.


I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent. I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended Lord of the Rings. It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory.

So the ending sounds like it will be happier than most of the books themselves?


Police in Denver are looking for a vandal who set fire to a Little Free Library in the city’s Congress Park neighborhood.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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