CRITICAL LINKING: November 7, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“Students reported spending twelve hours a week, on average, studying—down from twenty-five hours per week in 1961 and twenty in 1981.”

It really is amazing how many students let “the college experience” get in the way of their education.


“I’m no fan of moral absolutism, but I’m troubled by Murakami’s willingness to use the rape of children as mere metaphor, and by the general ethical impassivity pervading this book.”

I’m no fan of ad hominem, but I’m troubled by loose moral policing with virtually non-existent analysis.


“Get it because you will find yourself in these pages, whether you are cisgender, transqueer, multiracial, menopausal, a parent, a teenager, celibate, not sure you want to have kids or afraid of catching an STI from a toilet seat.”

This review of the new edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves leaves out one group of people who would especially benefit from reading it: all men, everywhere.


“‘The mean word length in Hamlet (in modern spelling) was 3.99 characters; in P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories, the mean word length was 4.05 characters; in the DP‘s tweets, the mean word length was 4.80 characters,’ he found, writing on linguistic blog Language Log.”

Right, because comparing the mean word-length of a Pennsylvania newspaper’s Twitter feed to the mean word-length in Hamlet is a fair barometer of linguistic change.

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