Critical Linking for October 28th, 2015


Can you name the novel when given 3 words that can’t be from the title or author/character names?

I did not do terribly well on this quiz that asks you to name the novel with three one-word clues, but I did enjoy it.


It’s easier for black cooks to circumvent traditional cookbook publishing  and share their recipes, preparation techniques, and culinary trends via online and traditional TV shows, blogs, and podcasts. This sort of technological resourcefulness may eventually become a necessity for all chefs—not just those who are self-taught or African American—and it’s heartening to see black women like Taylor, Adams, Davis and others at the forefront of the movement. 

Great primer on the history and present of cookbooks by black people.


Five years in the planning, the American Writers Museum has found a home in Chicago. The museum, which is set to open in early 2017, will be the first in the country to celebrate American writers and literature. As founder Malcolm O’Hagan announced during a press conference this morning, the museum’s new home will be an 11,000-foot space at 180 North Michigan Street, near Millennium Park and the Chicago Art Institute.

Looking forward to this. 11,000 square feet is pretty small for a museum, though.


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz has come under fire from the Dominican Republic’s consul in New York for criticizing the government’s immigration policies. Eduardo Selman, the Consul general, called Mr. Díaz “anti-Dominican” and stripped him of an Order of Merit medal.

Shameful Mr. Selman. Simply shameful.

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