Critical Linking

Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, March 12 – 17, 2012

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

Here are the most read stories from the week that was in Critical Linking….

 

“Oh, I would never put up with a man who did and I think it would take a pretty weak woman to stay with him like the main character did.”

Yea, don’t say this. And the rest of these things too. Unless I am around and my video camera is charged. Then go for it.

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“However, there is no evidence of that here, neither in the stale, unoriginal material, nor in the banal and cliché-ridden historical judgements, nor in the lame, tired narrative style; just evidence of the repellent arrogance of a man who thinks that because he’s a celebrated novelist, he can write a book about Hitler that people should read, even though he’s put very little work into writing it and even less thought.”

Other than that, the book isn’t too bad.

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“Consequently, seemingly irrelevant factors like remembering whether you read something at the top or the bottom of page — or whether it was on the right or left hand side of a two-page spread or near a graphic — can help cement material in mind.”

I definitely have noticed this for myself.

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“As for my salary requirements, I’m afraid that readers of my calibre don’t come cheap. The cost to you is that for every book of yours that I read, I will want to think about it. And that I am always moved to comment. So I commit myself to think about your work. But what I think is entirely up to me.”

It’s true. We readers have the annoying habit of having our own opinions.

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“Publishing shouldn’t have to choose between bricks and clicks.”

Well, you might want to, lest someone else choose for you.