Critical Linking for May 12th, 2015

Sometimes it’s a lecture. Sometimes it’s a particular teacher’s words. Sometimes it’s a lesson from a parent or a friend, or even a life experience that explodes your conception of what’s possible in the world or what’s possible in you. And sometimes it’s a book (or ten) that changes how you think forever.

I am on a binge of books about ideas and thinking, so this list of books that will change how you think comes along at just the right time.

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These boutique libraries are working to stretch our very idea about the word “library,” creating a real living community around the often very lonely act of reading. “We’ve been taken since the beginning with this idea of the social life of the book,” says Rachel Valinsky, a founding member of the alternative library space Wendy’s Subway, which opened a year ago in a stark industrial space in the outer reaches of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

It makes sense to me that alternative libraries are cropping up in these days of the so-called “sharing economy.”

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Amy Poehler’s bestselling audiobook Yes Please is getting a limited edition vinyl pressing.

Well……ok I guess?

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I talk even less about Adams’ most persistent and troublesome legacy for me: he makes me want to write fiction, and not just fiction but funny sci-fi, and not just funny sci-fi but funny sci-fi that will help some other weird preteen pop-culture echolalic navigate the world. I can manage the first two bits, in dribbles, when the plug of anxiety damming up my creative impulses springs an unscheduled leak. That’s no surprise; Adams wrote my inner monologue, so of course I can channel him a little.

A great appreciation of the great Douglas Adams.

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