Critical Linking: October 7, 2011

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


“In a Tranströmer poem, you inhabit space differently; a body becomes a thing, a mind floats, things have lives, and even non-things, even concepts, are alive.”

Teju Cole’s tweets this morning, which form the basis of this New Yorker piece about 2011 Nobel winner Tomas Transtromer, almost made me forget that Sweden now has more Literature Laureates than all of Asia. Almost.


“[T]he boat was the one constant during the last 27 years of Hemingway’s life — a tumultuous period that had the full tilt of personal and professional fortunes and misfortunes.” 

This is awesome. I hope this biography of Hemingway’s boat is just the beginning. The world is dying for a monograph on his beard and maybe a collection of linked stories about his preserved animal trophies.


“If today’s kids are tomorrow’s authors, publishers, book sellers, and of course, readers, then it looks like 2025 will have its fair share of print books.”

Whew. I was worried that 2025 was going to be jealous of 1858. Thank god children apparently still like paper books.


How to Win Friends and Influence People has undergone previous revisions. In 1981 the book was slightly condensed, and some dated and vaguely racist language was removed.”

I guess that makes sense. Clearly, the best way to make friends and influence people in today’s world is to mock celebrities on Twitter.


What are you reading this morning?