Critical Linking: October 5th, 2011

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

“To portray America over the past twenty years or so, I would think immediately of football, probably the Super Bowl in its sumptuous suggestion of a national death wish.”

Don DeLillo, who clearly has never seen an episode of American Idol, is interviewed at Grantland.


“Why can’t I know in advance what all the books I’ll get with my subscription will be? It would ruin the mystique. Also, we only know what about half of them will be.” 

Interesting new indie e-publisher that’s so indie it won’t tell you what books you are buying. Not that they know themselves.


The tour included encounters with an 800-year-old demigod, a dildo collector[,] and Nelson Mandela.”

 Dispatches from a lost journal of Hunter S. Thompson or a discussion of the Oxford comma in The Chronicle of Higher Education?


“Strange as these words may sound I often play with the idea that when all the social theories collapse and wars and revolutions leave humanity in utter gloom, the poet – whom Plato banned from his Republic – may rise up to save us all.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer, who was awarded the Nobel prize on this day in 1978, sounds like our kind of guy.