CRITICAL LINKING: December 5, 2011

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


“The shift has something to do with a re-evaluation of bookstore patrons’ skill set. They can, after all, read the book for themselves—in fact, they may have done so in advance of the author’s visit.”

Bookstore readings need a shot in the arm. And the leg. And the behind. Really, anywhere a shot can go.


“And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the e-book, it has to look like something worth buying and worth keeping.”

I hope this works, though I can’t help feeling that exquisite hardbacks are going to seem, in relatively short order, like illuminated manuscripts. Beautiful, coveted, and artifacts of history.


“I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided.”

Alan Moore uses words like other people use meat cleavers.


“Perhaps the better term for this type of reviewer-publisher relationship is that of the lobbyist or advocate, where the blogger sees their main role as advocating (or recommending) certain books and not attempting to be critical or to place distance between themselves and the publishers.”

The waters of literary journalism are as murky as they’ve ever been.