Critical Linking for April 1st, 2014

 

How Many Of The Greatest Books By Women Have You Read? See where you land among 102 of the best female-penned books.

So, what’s your score? Find out here.

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Percentage change since 2012 in the number of books U.S. schools considered banning : +53

Why are schools considering banning more books these days? I have no idea, but this is a significant increase.

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Until a digital book is a magical object which physically transforms from 50 Shades into the new James Smythe novel according to your whim; until you can walk through a digital library and open books at random; until the technology becomes as satisfying to the physical senses as the text is to the cognitive self, there’s still a need for shiny, gorgeous, satisfying books. And when those things happen, if they do, we will have lost nothing in the transition.

Well said.

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Klay is especially opposed to two narratives that show up frequently in war fiction: one is the creation of mysticism, that “war is where you become a man… where you become a hero”; the other is that war turns all soldiers into a “some passive, traumatized shell of a man.”

Man, Redeployment sounds fantastic.

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