Critical Linking

CRITICAL LINKING: February 6, 2012

Jeff O'Neal

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Jeff O'Neal is the executive editor of Book Riot and Panels. He also co-hosts The Book Riot Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @thejeffoneal.

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“I feel like the author had just played FallOut3 for a few hours and mimicked the game.”

I hear that McCarthy also plays a mean Battlefield 2.


“I think the quality of the writing and the entertainment value of reviews is something we want to encourage – readers are let down by book reviews which are just precis of the novels.”

Hmmm. Entertaining book reviews. Written by flying pigs presumably.


“Listen to my last words any world. Listen all you boards syndicates and governments of the earth. And you power powers behind what filth deals consummated in what lavatory to take what is not yours. To sell the ground from unborn feet.”

William S. Burroughs, world’s scariest penpal.


“I sent the girls out in teams of two to the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the steps of the TKTS booth in Times Square, Washington Square Park, and the 1 and L trains. I asked them to pick up a copy of my book from my doorman, meet their teammate at a particular time and place, and then take photos of each other with their phones and text the photos to me throughout their two hour shifts. They also called me when they were finished and reported that they’d had fun, that people had looked, asked about the book, ignored them, etc.”

Ah, so there is a profession more desperate than writing….