Wednesday Morning LitLinks

 

 

Richard Blanco is the featured poet for President Barack Obama’s inauguration. (The New York Times)

Best-selling author, Patricia Cornwell, sues her former financial manager. (The Boston Globe)

McDonald’s goes on a literacy spree and puts books in Happy Meals in the UK. (The Bookseller)

Crowd-sourcing for publishing ventures works about 30% of the time. (The National Post)

The harshest book reviews of 2012 are revisited at (The Huffington Post)

The Man Asian Prize posts its shortlist. (The Telegraph)

Katie Roiphe lays out the ground rules for writing a memoir. (Slate)

Some thought on the resurgence of reading aloud. (The Guardian)

Levi Asher recaps his 2012 adventures in reading. (Literary Kicks)

Jeanne Thornton does an interview with (Bookslut)

Richard Ben Cramer is remembered at (NPR)

Old school (think late 1700s) erotica goes to auction. (Booktryst)

“On this day in 1324 Marco Polo died in Venice, at the age of seventy. The Travels of Marco Polo, dictated by Polo around 1300, several years after his return from decades in the land of Kublai Khan, became an influential book in Renaissance Europe. So dubious were some contemporaries of a vast and grandiose empire to the East that they published Polo’s account as Il Milione, meaning “The Million Lies.” Some modern scholars, suspicious of what isn’t in the book — any mention of tea, or foot-binding, or the Great Wall — also wonder how reliable the Travels is, or if it is based on first-hand observation….”  (Today In Literature)

 

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