CRITICAL LINKING: The Week’s Most Viewed Stories, October 14-20, 2011

Here were the stories featured in CRITICAL LINKING that you found the most interesting:


“The point is that my life always gets better when I decide to read things–and then actually read those things I decided to read. This is not a trivial point.”

Some of the most insightful writing about reading I’ve seen in awhile…all in a quasi-review of an iPhone app.


“Müller assured me that the editors are human.”

Folks, this is the world we live in…where you need to be assured that the editors are human. (via Bookslut)

“Suppose someone took every meaningful detail from all the books you love. Every song mentioned, every person, every food or place or movie title. And what if they did that for all the books everyone else loves, too.”


Suppose I never got anything done ever again. No showering, dishes, work, or eating. And what if this went on and on until I was institutionalized or died of exposure. If this thing works,  I could be in real trouble. (via TNBCC)


“In the end, what’s any good reader really hoping for? That spark. That spell. That journey.”

Well, yea, of course. All of these things, plus a reason not to talk to other people.


“About half of them have close to 100 customer reviews, a number that’s hard to achieve through word of mouth alone, especially for books that aren’t high sellers. Interesting.”

In an otherwise near-glowing overview of Amazon’s burgeoning publishing initiatives, this little nugget was conspicuously uninvestigated. In the implication that Amazon is paying/otherwise inducing people to write reviews for their own books? Or are they faking them? This coy “interesting” is either withholding, or trying to indict without any explantation or evidence.


Happy Sunday. See you bright and early tomorrow.

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