The 10 Most Promising Books of 2016: Today in Critical Linking


NOBODY CAN REALLY predict which books will come to dominate the cultural conversation—but has that ever stopped anyone from trying? We at WIRED have done a close reading of 2016’s line-up, picking the 10 titles we think will get the most people talking.

I looked for a reason to nitpick this list of the 10 Most Promising Books of 2016 but couldn’t find one.


Golden Age comics were experimental and varied, as befits a nascent genre and medium, but they tended to share a few trademarks. Their heroes usually fought gangsters, crooked politicians and businessmen (especially in the New Deal late ‘30s), and Fifth Columnists, with only a few legit supervillains dotting the four color landscape. They skewed towards urban settings and noir tones, in keeping with their prose cousins in the pulp magazines and popular radio heroes like the Shadow.

Good overview of what the term “Golden Age” comics really means.


Julian of Norwich wrote the first published book attributed to a woman in all of English literature. And although they had just two or three small windows letting a sliver of the outside world into their chambers, anchorites were influential. They could give counsel from the wisdom they accrued in their contemplative lives, and in this way, have an outsized impact on the places and communities they lived in. 

I know being walled up with just your books and pen and paper sorta sounds dreamy, but I cannot imagine living the lives the anchorites did.


A new, national study finds that black students are about half as likely as white students to be put on a “gifted” track — even when they have comparable test scores.

Keep this study in your back pocket when someone comes at you with “but it’s a meritocracy.”

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