15 Slightly Odd Things All Book Lovers Have Done: Today in Critical Linking

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1. Complaining that you have no social life even though 9 times out of 10 you CHOOSE to stay at home with a book.

This list of 15 Slightly Odd Things All Book Lovers Have Done is a little too real.


Had McCandless’s guidebook to edible plants warned that H. alpinum seeds contain a “highly toxic secondary plant constituent,” as L-canavanine is described in the scientific literature, he probably would have walked out of the wild in late August with no more difficulty than when he walked into it in April, and would still be alive today.

The lengths Jonathan Krakauer has gone to determine what killed Chris McCandless are nothing short of stunning.


A long-lost book-length guide to “manly health” by Walt Whitman, in which the great American poet tackles everything from virility to “care of the feet” and the attainment of a “nobler physique”, has been rediscovered by a scholar, more than 150 years after it was first published under a pen-name.

I am so over rediscovered literary texts, but a book length work about Manly Health by Walt Whitman….I have no choice but to link.


Ian McKellen, who first made his reputation performing at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s and 80s, has just released the first of a series of iPad apps meant to make Shakespeare’s plays more accessible, especially for high school and college students.

This is the first of, wait for it, 37 (!) such apps that McKellen plans on releasing.

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