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Aug 20

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Critical Linking: August 20, 2014 

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

How Well Do You Know Classic Literature? Think you know your Moby from your Dick? Find out.

You can totally ace this quiz about classic lit. I know you can.

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Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s distinguished achievement award.

Exceedingly well-deserved.

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By our estimates, after stripping off the amount that the government already spends to subsidize higher education — including at predatory for-profit institutions — the total amount of new money necessary is less than $13 billion a year.  Thirteen billion is a lot of money, to be sure, but within the scope of the Federal budget it is a fraction of one percent of yearly spending — merely a rounding error.

A very interesting thought experiment.

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People in the know say “The Giver” was the first young adult dystopian novel. I majored in English in college so I read the classic dystopian novels like “1984” and “Brave New World.” But apparently it hadn’t been done for kids before “The Giver.” So I’m not sure what happened between “The Giver” and maybe 15 years later when these others suddenly burst forth. Nobody copied “The Giver.” Those ideas are out there and emerge. But I’m glad it happened. Although there’s too many of them now. But I think that trend is ending. We’ll go on to the next trend and we all wish we knew what that was so we could go out and write it. Dystopian fiction is passé now.

Passé seems pretty strong, though it seems to me Lois Lowry speaks with some authority.

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Coming coming this fall, we’ll be launching a new site devoted to comics: Panels. You can sign up here to get notified about when Panels goes live, and it already has its own Twitter and Facebook up and running.

Aug 19

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“And when you find that coveted book, the one that has prompted countless trips to the bookstore, hoping someone cleaning out their collection has dropped off the one thing you’ve been search one, the feeling is joyous. You want to raise it to the heavens, a la Rafiki with baby Simba, letting the clouds part so your discovery can bask in the sunshine. Yeah, it’s like that.” — from The Thriller of the (Used Bookstore) Hunt by Amanda Diehl

Fan of Friday Night Lights?
Here are the show’s top ten literary references.

Fan of Friday Night Lights?

Here are the show’s top ten literary references.

“But what happens when you have people in a book club for different reasons? This, in my opinion, is where the real strife of book clubs is. Not when some love the book and others hate it, but when some read the books religiously and others never finish a book, or even worse: when someone flat out decrees that they aren’t going to read a book club pick because it doesn’t interest them.” — from On Reading Your Book Club Book When You’re Not Interested in Your Book Club Book by Swapna Krishna

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Critical Linking: August 19, 2014 

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

In honor of Shelley’s birthday this month, here’s a list of 25 other writers who created heartbreakingly beautiful work before they could get a discount on a rental car or have their publishers demand an active Twitter account.

This list of writers is both amazing and, if you aren’t careful, a little depressing.

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Samira Chigani, 26 years old, was thus introduced to the quirky brainchild of Mr. Yazdany and Ms. Heraner: a mobile reading room and taxi service, complete with chauffeur-librarian. Books surround them, from Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” to Charles Bukowski’s “Pulp.” There are also works by Iranian standouts such as Nader Ebrahimi, Zoya Pirzad and Sohrab Sepehri.

Dammit I should have been a chaffeur-librarian.

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The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader. Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.

I suppose only bread and water are necessary too. But that doesn’t mean some other things don’t make life a little more enjoyable.

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Even the Big Five know this: why else would they devote so much time and effort to building relationships with thousands of unique stores despite the fact that those stores represent only 3-5% of their annual sales?

Sometimes it’s a mistake that things are done for logical, quantifiable reasons. Not saying it is the case here, but saying “if they are doing X, then X must be important” isn’t true.

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Coming coming this fall, we’ll be launching a new site devoted to comics: Panels. You can sign up here to get notified about when Panels goes live, and it already has its own Twitter and Facebook up and running.