CRITICAL LINKING: December 22, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

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“If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.”

Not sure that one can “glean” profundity, but still an interesting question and response.

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“There’s another reason I’m going to be deleting eBook price kvetching from Big Idea posts, which is that, simply put, going into a comment thread of a Big Idea and making a big show of why you’re not going to buy the book because of a price point that the author very frequently has absolutely no control over kind of makes you a dick.”

Scrooges, be gone!

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“Dear Santa:

You’re probably thinking about skipping my palace this year since I’m Queen of Egypt, but if you really love me you’ll prove it by showing up. I mean, it’s not like I have everything. Do you know how many messengers I’ve had to kill this year just to get some good news around here?”

A timely, fun favorite.

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ruck — a multitude of people mixed together / (v) to crease or fold

 plication — act or process of folding / condition of being folded

 rimple — a fold or wrinkle

 pinchbeck — any cheap imitation / zinc and copper alloy used as fake gold”

I’m guessing David Foster Wallace was a Scrabble menace.

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