Happy holidays! BookPage is closed tomorrow, but we couldn't end the workweek without our weekly link roundup.

Last week, the Internet was atwitter about Farhad Manjoo's Slate article about the pros of ordering from Amazon vs. your local bookstore that stood in stark contrast to conventional bookish wisdom. Some excerpts:

"As much as I despise some of its recent tactics, no company in recent years has done more than Amazon to ignite a national passion for buying, reading, and even writing new books."

"Sure, every local bookstore promotes local authors, but its bread and butter is the same stuff that Amazon sells—mass-manufactured goods whose intellectual property was produced by one of the major publishing houses in Manhattan.")

This week, Manjoo has issued a response to his own article that suggests some ways that indies can make headway against Amazon. It's equally thought-provoking; check it out.


William Faulkner no doubt had more than one favorite drink recipe—but yesterday Maud Newton shared his formula for a hot toddy (and a few other author libations).

According to Faulkner's niece, who shared the recipe in The Great American Writers Cookbook, "Pappy alone decided when a Hot Toddy was needed, and he administered it to his patient with the best bedside manner of a country doctor."


Writer and critic Christopher Hitchens died on December 15, and there have been many thoughtful tributes published in the past week. A couple of the best, I think, have been
"Christopher Hitchens: 'the consummate writer, the brilliant friend'" by Ian McEwan (published in The Guardian), and "Regarding Christopher," by feminist critic Katha Pollitt (published in The Nation).

McEwan's piece describes Hitchens' final weeks at the medical center in Houston—a time during which Hitchens continued to read, write and engage with authors and ideas until the very end. Pollitt's is more of a critical essay, but certainly helps to provide the "bigger picture" surrounding Hitchens' outsized personality. She writes about both the good and the bad.


Have you come across any click-worthy links this week? Please share in the comments.

Happy weekend, readers! All of us from BookPage hope you have a wonderful week with family, friends and lots of books.

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