Critical Linking for August 18th, 2015

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list.

This list of The 100 Greatest Novels Written in English has garnered quite a bit of controversy, not in the least because it was written by one person, but decide for yourself.


You’ve decided on a life of letters. You’ve got that manuscript you workshopped getting your MFA, an agent, and a publisher. Congratulations! You’re well on your way to being a critical darling. Now all you need is a catchy title. Lucky for you, this handy guide will help you title your book, and every book you write in your illustrious career.

Pretty funny.


Brugnaro banned dozens of children’s books from Venice schools in June, following through on an election promise he had made. The Telegraph reported that the banned books included “And Tango Makes Three,” the true story of two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo who raised a chick together. The Guardian reported that Brugnaro’s decision didn’t sit well with Italian authors, 263 of whom signed a letter to the mayor demanding that their books be banned as well. “We don’t want to stay in a city where the books of others are banned,” the authors wrote.

Mayor bans LBGTQ+ books in city schools, and the clapback is real.

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