Critical Linking: September 12, 2012

Om Malik argues that Bezos is the inheritor to Steve Jobs’s crown. I agree. Not because Bezos has copied anything Jobs did, but because he has not. What he’s done that is Jobs-like is doggedly pursue, year after year, iteration after iteration, a vision unlike that of any other company — all in the name of making customers happy.

Amazon is shaking up and leading retail like Apple is shaking up and leading consumer technology.


Abigail is a phenomenon online, publishing The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire serially on writing website Wattpad since she was 15-years-old. To date, it has been read almost seventeen million times. She has a global following, with readers all over the world who have become fans of her characters as well as of their creator. There is already an enthusiastic online subculture of devotees to Violet, Kaspar and Fabian.

I take it back. Bring back the boy bands. Nothing is worth this.


Clare Phillipson championed the bonfire after reading two-thirds of the novel. She explained: “we have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public money to buy a book which says: ‘domestic violence is sexy.’”

Listen Clare, libraries buy books people want to read. You don’t get to decide.


Q: What is your biggest regret from college?

JE: Ever graduating.

Bullseye, Eugenides. Double points, right in the middle.

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