101 Literary Tattoos! Critical Linking, June 12, 2019

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“The things we read in the books we love often stay with us for a long time, but for some, they stay forever — literally. Tattoos based on books are a beautiful way of keeping our favorite literary memories, characters, and quotes alive even after we’ve turned the last page. We’ve rounded up some artistic interpretations of famous works — from the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series to Pride and Prejudice and The Little Prince. Read ’em and weep!”

Whether you’re looking for ideas or just something purdy to scroll through, this slide show of literary tattoos should do it.


“In 2018, only 16 percent of participants in the Goodreads Reading Challenge actually completed it, finishing 21 percent of the total books pledged. In earlier years of the challenge, those stats were sometimes higher—in 2011, 29 percent of participants finished the challenge, and in 2013, participants read 56 percent of the books pledged. This could be because in the early days of the challenge, only the most hard-core readers were participating—Goodreads started actively promoting the challenge to its users in 2015. But Suzanne Skyvara, a spokesperson for Goodreads, told me that the company doesn’t have data on what affects whether someone completes the challenge, and declined to speculate, saying the site prefers to focus on the fact that people are reading at all.”

The Atlantic wrote about reading challenges for adults, looking into the how and why they work for some and derail reading for others.


“The renewed attention to Fairstein’s role in the case comes following the release of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary series about the Central Park jogger case, When They See Us, although advocates had been criticizing Fairstein and the case’s prosecutor for years. It is the latest fallout in the book world for Fairstein, whose Mystery Writers of America Grand Master honors were withdrawn last fall just two days after they were announced.”

Linda Fairstein was dropped by Dutton, her publisher.

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