Are We Getting a Handmaid’s Tale Sequel? Critical Linking, April 11, 2017

Many have noted that the Claire Danes-narrated, special-edition Audible version of The Handmaid’s Tale released Tuesday included a bit of an extension from author Margaret Atwood. The audio book featured, as the Guardian put it, “A new ending, teasing a future for the characters beyond their original limit.” Which sounds akin to saying, “Teasing a sequel.”

Hopefully the sequel isn’t the next presidential election.

When museum sniffers described the book smell, they most frequently used words like “chocolate,” “coffee,” and “old.” Library smellers, however, selected words like “woody,” “smoky” and “earthy” from the list, and described the smell’s intensity and perceived pleasantness. Next, the team used all of the information they collected to create the Historic Book Odor Wheel, a descriptive wheel kind of like tools used to characterize the flavors of coffee or wine.

More science behind the old book smell.

Mr. Bellow played a role in widening the ideological divisions he now maintains he wants to bridge. At Broadside, which he founded in 2010, he edited partisan books by Donald Rumsfeld and Ted Cruz. He helped fuel the right’s attacks on Hillary Clinton as a corrupt career politician, with works like Daniel Halper’s “Clinton, Inc.” and Peter Schweizer’s “Clinton Cash.”

“I plead guilty,” he said. “If it’s true that our public culture has become overly polarized and people no longer argue in a respectful way with one another, I’m sure I had something to do with that.”

A publishing ideologue tries to mend his ways?

The 59-year-old actor has attacked his publisher HarperCollins, accusing the editors of poor proofreading. In his first post on a Facebook page set up to promote his new autobiography, Nevertheless, he claimed the published edition “contains SEVERAL typos and errors which I was more than a little surprised to see”.

Alec Baldwin is not having it.

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