Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, May 20 – 25, 2012

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…

“I think we put books on a pedestal compared to other forms of media … I thought long and hard about whether to do the study in the first place—I think banning books is a terrible idea, but a content warning on the back I think would empower parents.”

I can’t make a coherent argument about why I think movies should have ratings and books shouldn’t. But I do.


“But it also crosses my mind that, as an ex-novelist, I could have reassured him that it was okay not to be a novelist, that many people get through life without writing anything at all, and that the literary life, as he should have understood from writing biographies, is often deforming.”

Is there any profession as romanticized as being a writer? Not actor, teacher, nurse, director, musician, painter, nor politician.


“ ‘Fifty Shades’ is getting a lot of people thinking and talking more openly about sex, sexuality, desire and interest,”

I might be wrong, but I think people were thinking about sex already.


Nevertheless, if you believe, as many Americans have since the days of the Puritans, that books ought to morally improve their readers, then maybe there’s a place for a little judicious whitewashing in the writing and publication of fiction.

Awesome. Giant companies deciding how to improve me morally. This always ends well, right?

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