Monday Miscellany

This week’s link round-up:

  • The 42 Best Lines from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series: I’m sorry that I missed Towel Day on May 25, the annual celebration of the life and work of Douglas Adams, but I’ve put it on the literary calendar so I won’t forget next year. In honor of the just-past Towel Day, Book Riot offered a list of quotations that encapsulate Adams’s voice.
  • Just in time for the annual kick-off of summer vacations, NPR has a couple of lists of recommendations for your leisure reading: (1) 15 Summer Reads Handpicked By Indie Booksellers and (2) Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads. At the bottom of each page you’ll find links to a couple of additional lists.
  • Myth as theory:

    A goal of criticism, ultimately, is not to create the terms that define greatness, but to examine and understand what’s already there, and to devise a useful, flexible framework for discussion. Ultimately, the interest in useful criticism is in how and why a body of work succeeds or fails in their operation, not establishing conditions that would exist before a book is written.