Critical Linking: October 2, 2012

—Junot Díaz, 43, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fiction writer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who uses raw, vernacular dialogue and spare, unsentimental prose to draw readers into the various and distinct worlds that immigrants must straddle.

Going to be straddling about 500 large now.


“Buying an e-book is much less of a commitment than a print book, in terms of cost, in terms of space,” Temple said. “I get the feeling that people are more playful in their e-book buying than in print.”

Might be selection bias here. I would think more adventurous readers would be the kind who would adopt ereaders in the first place, so their subsequent purchases are more reflective of their established buying character, rather than some transformative property of ebooks.


Nearly one-in-five Americans (17%) say they got news yesterday on a mobile device yesterday, with the vast majority of these people (78%) getting news on their cell phone. Among smartphone owners, nearly a third (31%) got news yesterday on a mobile device.

In two or three years, we are going to look at these numbers and be shocked about how low they once were. 


Before publication, it will be subjected to a prolonged and intense process of subediting. Crucially, it will be signed, and usually paid for. Compared with the raw material of your average blog, it has been refined and distilled to within an inch of its life.

He means this as a good thing. No wonder most professional reviews are so bloodless.



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