CRITICAL LINKING: January 21, 2012

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


“And the vast and wonderful dialogue that has been, is, and will to continue to be contemporary literature will itself proceed to ever more engaged, ever more salient, ever more complex, ever more fraught heights.”

One literary prediction I hope comes true.


“If you find you’re writing a descriptive phrase just because you’ve always wanted to use that phrase somewhere, make sure to check it – see if it fits into the mentality of this character, into the values of the society and the world. If you’re describing a particular phenomenon a great deal, you might want to ask yourself if it has any ulterior significance to the culture, the characters, the story problem, the themes you’re trying to evoke.”

As one of my professors once said, “Don’t get fancy unless you absolutely have to.”


“While e-readers obviously offer many advantages over paper books, I would argue that most of the above specs are essential to how most people think of the act of engaged, active reading. More importantly, many of these “specs” are vital to how most cultures have historically preserved and disseminated knowledge for thousands of years.”

In logic, this is called the gambler’s fallacy: if it has been this way for a long time, it will stay this way.


“It is a lovely book — an elegant proof of God and the power of storytelling.”

This would be perhaps the greatest blurb of all-time.


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