Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories: July 9 – 14, 2012

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

I realized that Janet Maslin, who is not only one of the most accomplished critics in the world, but who is also the person who lifted my first novel, “The Cradle,” out of obscurity with a rave review three years before, had made a simple reading error within the first five pages of my novel.

She‘d mixed up two characters.

It was really important to not mix up those characters.

And she never realized it.

Luckily, a good NYT review doesn’t seem to matter much anyway…


And so, we submitted our choices to the members of the board and waited, with gleeful anticipation, for their announcement on April 16th.

Spoiler alert: it doesn’t go super-well after this point.


The origins of the plot for The Dark Knight Rises, the new Batman movie, lie in “A Tale of Two Cities,” according to its director, Christopher Nolan.

That explains the 18th-century French stills that have been confusing me.


The best storytellers meet their audiences halfway, engaging them, pushing them, and calibrating their emotions while also leaving room for listeners to bring their own feelings and experiences into the act of listening.

And the worst storytellers leave nothing to the imagination.


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