Critical Linking: May 31, 2012

I have some theories about why the Sherlock-like figure is such an enduring character template, but before that, let’s take a few minutes to examine the history and inner-workings of Sherlock Holmes.

Spock, House, Holmes. Triumphs of the intellect over emotion, chaos, and fear.

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“I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.”

Translation: Screw you, modernity.

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Overall, the science to date, though limited, suggests BDSM is not, as my acquaintance put it, wrong or dangerous, but rather one of the natural variations found in the complex world of human sexuality.

The writing in 50 Shades, however….

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“Good on her — she’s doing well. That’s great!”

+10 cool points to Stephenie Meyer

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