CRITICAL LINKING: January 31, 2012

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


Tolstoy holds a 11-point lead over Shakespeare in these literary opinion polls.”

I have an incisive critique of this injustice: what. ever.


“But the biggest problem with the article, starting with its title, is the thesis that the bricks-and-mortar bookstore is dying.”

First, “last stand” doesn’t mean dying. Second, tell me what the aggregate direction of brick-and-mortar stores has been over the last decade. Hint: it is not up.


“Compared to the list of recent movies past, are any of the nine nominated movies truly in the category of Best Picture — able to be viewed fondly by the next generation? Any Oscar winning picture should be one you desire to see over and over again and feel that with each play it is a rewarding experience. Arguably no picture this year falls in that category.”

A strange definition of what “best” is. (And arguably, misplaced modifiers are the forgotten grammatical error.)


“Still, in many publishing boardrooms, executives cling to their Lysenko-like belief in DRM, while on the lower floors, digital strategists, editors, and production staff all know exactly how bad DRM is for business. Below the top floor, publishing employees are furiously trying to figure out a way to convince their bosses to abandon doomed DRM strategies—so I suppose it’s natural that if you’ve got an idea to wean them off the DRM addiction, you’d try to make it more palatable by calling it “social DRM.”

Just make it easy to buy and use and you’ll do way better than trying to lock it down.


“I may not love Hard Times, but I’m happy to make the best of it. I see its merits now, as a brisk, efficient vehicle for ideas about creativity, openness, emotion and irreconcilable differences.”

Time Magazine tries on some book blog stylings with a countdown of the 10 best Dickens novels.


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