Critical Linking: January 30, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee. 

For club members, it offers a rare opportunity to question authors in person about the writing process, their intentions as storytellers and perhaps a stray plotline that needs explanation. For authors, it is a way to talk directly to their readers, hoping to build word-of-mouth for their books and earning a little money on the side for an evening’s work. (Of the $750 fee, $400 goes to the author and $350 goes to Book the Writer.) The service also benefits publishers who view discoverability as perhaps their biggest challenge, as bookstores disappear and book tours and readings decline precipitously.

Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have created a wearable, augmented book that tries to physically make you feel the characters’ feelings as you read the story. The project’s called Sensory Fiction. It’s a book covered in sensors and actuators and hooked up to a strappy vest type thing you wear while reading. As the plot unfolds, the gadget-book produces physical sensations to mimic the characters’ emotions.

I have to wonder if people who make stuff like this sorta don’t get what happens when you read a great book as is.


Interesting. And is it just me, or does $750 seem pretty reasonable? 


A former teacher was detained in Russia’s Urals after being accused of stabbing an acquaintance to death in a dispute about literary genres, investigators said Wednesday.

The Cather in the Rye is YA! No, it isn’t! STAB


An eco-terrorist has been ordered to read a book by Malcolm Gladwell as part of her sentence. Rebecca Rubin received her five-year prison sentence in Portland, Oregon on Monday from US district court judge Ann Aiken, Canadian press reported.

The judge originally offered to reduce the sentence to three years if she read a couple of dinosaur erotica novels, but Rubin declined. (kidding).

The Best of LibraryThing Tags

Fancy a cuppa? Reach for one of these bookish teapots. 

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Book Riot Black Friday Buying Guide

Bumble-ardy by Maurice Sendak

Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Loving KindnessThe Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Galore by Michael Crummey

I Never Liked You by Chester Brown

The Night Shift: Untold Stories of the ER by Brian Goldman

The Best American Poetry 2011 edited by Kevin Young and David Lehman

The Owly Series by Andy Runton

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Blueprints For Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell

Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

The Collected Works of Mary Roach

Miss Entropia and the Adam Bomb by George Rabasa

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

The Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James

A Little History of The World  by Ernst Gombrich

The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

This Life is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

New York: A Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

The Winds of War & War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

The Source by James A. Michener

How to Live: a Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

The Best of Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis

Radioactive: a novel of love and fallout by Lauren Redniss

Arguably the first ever book-rioters. The “Oh Captain, My Captain” scene of The Dead Poet’s Society. 

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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

C.S Lewis

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