Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, March 12 – 17, 2012

Here are the most read stories from the week that was in Critical Linking….


“Oh, I would never put up with a man who did and I think it would take a pretty weak woman to stay with him like the main character did.”

Yea, don’t say this. And the rest of these things too. Unless I am around and my video camera is charged. Then go for it.


“However, there is no evidence of that here, neither in the stale, unoriginal material, nor in the banal and cliché-ridden historical judgements, nor in the lame, tired narrative style; just evidence of the repellent arrogance of a man who thinks that because he’s a celebrated novelist, he can write a book about Hitler that people should read, even though he’s put very little work into writing it and even less thought.”

Other than that, the book isn’t too bad.


“Consequently, seemingly irrelevant factors like remembering whether you read something at the top or the bottom of page — or whether it was on the right or left hand side of a two-page spread or near a graphic — can help cement material in mind.”

I definitely have noticed this for myself.


“As for my salary requirements, I’m afraid that readers of my calibre don’t come cheap. The cost to you is that for every book of yours that I read, I will want to think about it. And that I am always moved to comment. So I commit myself to think about your work. But what I think is entirely up to me.”

It’s true. We readers have the annoying habit of having our own opinions.


“Publishing shouldn’t have to choose between bricks and clicks.”

Well, you might want to, lest someone else choose for you.

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