What links from the week do you think are worth sharing? A few of my picks:
If you read my Q&A with Stanley Fish about the excellent How to Write a Sentence and still want to know more, see this Slate round-up of Stanley Fish’s Top Five Sentences. This one is mentioned in both my piece and Slate‘s:
“Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how much it altered her appearance for the worse.” —Jonathan Swift, 1704.
Amy Chua and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother continue to enrage and fascinate people across the country (and Chua has the last laugh; she climbed to #2 on the NYT bestseller list this week). A Jezebel blogger who was a student of Chua’s does an interesting Q&A with controversial author. This might answer some questions for you about how her family is dealing with the attention.
The Guardian‘s Books Blog has a great post on “extreme book design.” The subhead tells you all you need to know: “Setting fire to fields, tangling with tarantulas: it’s all in a day’s work for a book jacket designer.”
Reynolds Price died last week, and John Williams at The Second Pass has excerpted a few nice quotes from a 1991 Price interview with the Paris Review. BookPage reviewed Price’s Letter to a Godchild: Concerning Faith.