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09:30 AM . 22 April 2014

Critical Linking: April 22, 2014


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

In an annual rite of National Library Week, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom this week released its Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, this year led by children’s book series Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey.

Man, there are a lot of dumb reasons to challenge a book on this list. For example, that people challenge a book because of “homosexuality” is one of those things my grandchildren aren’t going to believe.


If paperbacks were going to succeed in America, they would need a new model. De Graff, for his part, was well acquainted with the economics of books. He knew that printing costs were high because volumes were low—an average hardcover print run of 10,000 might cost 40 cents per copy. With only 500 bookstores in the U.S., most located in major cities, low demand was baked into the equation.

Awesome overview of the invention of the paperback. (side note: only 500 bookstores in the US in 1939.)


This is an interesting moment for used books. People are paying more and more for special ones. In just the last year, the average price for rare books at auction jumped 7%, according to the Americana Exchange.

That’s a significant jump.


Hundreds of Meridian, Idaho, high school students signed a protest petition when their local school board banned Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian’ from their 10th-grade curriculum. But a private fund-raising drive, organized by two Washington women, has now raised enough money to buy a copy of the novel for every one of the 350 students who protested the curriculum ban.

These are the two best book people in the country this week. And it’s going to take an effort to take the 2014 crown from them.

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05:09 PM . 17 April 2014


This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

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08:15 PM . 15 April 2014


Audrey Hepburn with ballet coach Lucien Legrand, the first dancer and choreographer for the Paris Opera Ballet, at a dance rehearsal for her film Funny Face, Paris, France, 1956.

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07:19 PM . 15 April 2014

3b best of: The Nogitsune.

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06:22 PM . 15 April 2014

stiles&lydia + snow

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05:26 PM . 15 April 2014

One of my favourite parts of Winter Soldier was seeing Steve and Natasha disguised as hipster dorks. (welcome to 21st century fashion, Cap!)

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04:30 PM . 15 April 2014
Paul Newman photographed by Angela Williams, 1964.

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03:34 PM . 15 April 2014


Anthony Mackie photographed by Nicholas Maggio.

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02:38 PM . 15 April 2014

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01:45 PM . 15 April 2014

Realized how much of a New Englander I was while I braved the rain (and wind) with only my rain jacket this afternoon. While everyone else struggled to keep a hold of their umbrellas, I just put my head down, tightened the hood and walked on.