Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web, sponsored by Book Riot’s new literary fiction podcast Novel Gazing.
“Loyal followers. We bring sad news.
As part of our research into the Top 5 Most Borrowed Books 2019 we found that one book hadn’t been borrowed for a very long time. It’s just been there, collecting dust, staring out the window at other books achieving their book destiny.
This could not stand. So we did the right thing, the honourable thing, and took the book out on loan for a day that it would never forget.”
“It is absolutely transformative to have two best friends who happen to be master storytellers. We think of writing as this very solitary business, the heroic author battling his muse in a cave somewhere, and that’s why people can’t seem to get their heads around the idea of a collaborative creative process. But it’s no different from the writing room of a television series. When you see other writers not as rivals but as colleagues, you get the most extraordinary creative synergy. It transforms not just the project you’re working on, but the work you do on your own.”
“Oh you could meditate, you could. You should, even. But will you? If you’re being very honest with yourself, just put your pencil down for a minute and ask yourself, “will I though?’ And maybe for some of you the answer is, ‘yes bitch, I will and I do,’ and I love that about you. Some of you would even say, ‘what about my fabric-based hobby?’ or even ‘yes but what of my art, the art that I make with pigments or inks or other things?’ and I also love that about you. However, the answer for another some of you is maybe, ‘true, I will not, at least not at this exact time; perhaps later, or even definitely later, I bet.’ You need to read a thing.
And so, because I care for you, deeply, I asked our team to share what they read when they have had quite the fuck enough of this absolute shit.”