Critical Linking for November 23rd, 2015


If you answered number 3, chances are you could be suffering from a very dangerous book hoarding problem. Before you and your loved ones are crushed in an avalanche of literature, determine whether or not you need professional help with this handy quiz.

If I would have taken this quiz about book hoarding 5 years ago…well, it would have been ugly.


Operations like Thriftbooks step in and buy these landfill-bound books, sight unseen, for around 10 cents a pound. Thriftbooks has 10 warehouses across the country, each with its own name. Ward says each of them is “about the size of your typical Walmart,” somewhere between 70,000 and 90,000 square feet. The enterprise is still largely a human operation: Between 15 and 18 people at each warehouse sift through the truckloads of books, sending more than 80 percent of the material immediately to the recycling plant. (Hey, it’s better than the dump.) 

I never want to hear anyone grinch about making art out of books again.


The value of Fitzgerald’s magnus opus is unrivalled; JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit is named as the second most valuable book in the index at £65,420, double the price it was two years ago. Other titles on the list include James Joyce’s Ulysses, AA Milne’s Christopher Robin books and Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall.

Surprised that Gatsby beats out The Hobbit.

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