Links for the Literati – February 26th, 2012

Somehow this blog seeps into every portion of my life. I always seem to run into the most interesting things related to literature when I’m not looking for them.

Really, I have to do something to get away from books, and that generally means participating in discussions elsewhere…especially movies, music, and random information.

With that in mind, I am starting a perennial feature to share links that don’t exist in the hyper ADHD world of the Facebook wall, or Twitter feed. Hopefully, this will also create an area for reasoned discussion, and expose you to some sources that might be worth reading outside our blog.

Sure, we’d rather you stay here. What fun is it if we don’t get to share interesting things with you? Otherwise, we’re just knowledge misers, keeping all that wonderful information close to our vests.

So, a small blog post it will be. I’ll add a little commentary beforehand, to let you know what you are getting into. If there is some strong language involved, I’ll let you know up front.

We do our best  to make sure most people aren’t offended by words they’d rather not see in excerpts on this site.(Sorry, email and feed subscribers…our filters have no dominion over your content).

With that hideously long prologue out of the way, here are this week’s Links for the Literati:

Amazon Takes Big Losses in Robot Bidding Wars

Have you ever wondered why a CreateSpace book that sells for $14.95 new, is also available for $39.95 used? It turns out that these prices are created by robots that aren’t owned by Amazon. In some cases, they even bid lower than Amazon’s production prices…and…well, that’s an interesting case.

Read the full article to find out more via

If A Publishing Dies, Does the Film Industry Follow Suit?

The Millions notes that most of the films nominated for awards this year are screen adaptations of books. And we all know that people can’t write books without the major publishers, right?

Source Material: Breaking Down the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay via The Millions

All Hail Cthulhu?

Charles West is angry. The fundamental teachings of the Necronomicon have been neglected. How will today’s students cope with a complete lack of madness in their lives? The Onion investigates.

Lovecraftian School Board Member Wants Madness Added to Curriculum via The Onion

Note: The Onion is complete satire. Some of our less astute politicians have recently quoted it as fact to back up their agendas. You know what they say: If it’s on the Internet, it must be true. – Abraham Lincoln


Sorry, just uttering her name brings attention to things. Since the news that she is writing a book for adults has been done to death, I decided to use her name to attract attention to something that might not get as much notice:

Frank McCourt, ex-Teacher and Pulitzer Prize winner has narrated a lovely little documentary about the “Historical Pubs of Dublin”. No, they don’t serve butterbeer there. To taste that, you have to go all the way to Universal Studios, FL.

Watch Historical Pubs of Dublin on Netflix

I Dread This Message:

via imgur (pronounced imager)

The Battery in your kindle is running low.

 Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this weeks “Links for the Literati”. If you have your own, non-promotional links you’d like us to feature, please use the contact form, and not the comment section.

Have a great week, and I’ll be back with some reviews a little later on in the week.




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