Critical Linking: March 31, 2012


“We support the printed word in all its forms: newspapers, magazines, and of course books. We think reading on computers or phones or whatever is fine, but it cannot replace the experience of reading words printed on paper. We pledge to continue reading the printed word in the digital era and beyond.”

The only thing more misguided than fetishizing technology is fetishizing 500 year-old technology and mistaking it for idealism.


“Rich the poet who remained true to her own mixed feelings was also a poet unafraid to offer moral instruction, to proffer judgments; the poet so strongly identified with causes was also a poet who kept interrupting herself in her poems, breaking apart and questioning her own rough forms.”

That last phrase, more even than the politics, is the thing I love about Rich.


“Now that I know you exist and I am constantly reading on the subway, I look over my shoulder with hopes of meeting the face behind this brilliant project. If you ever see a man that looks like a tattooed bear say hi.”

I guess it’s not creepy anonymous photography if a we don’t say it’s creepy anonymous photography.


“Blogs may not be cool in that same way they were in 2006, but they’re growing faster than Facebook, and that’s noteworthy.”

Coolness wears off. Utility doesn’t.


Yet if a woman writes something short these days, particularly if it’s about a woman, it risks being considered minor. (“Spare” is the oft-used word of faint praise.) Yet if, on the other hand, a woman writes a doorstop filled with free associations about life and love and childbirth and war, and jokes and recipes and maybe even a novel-within-a-novel, and anything else that will fit inside an endlessly elastic membrane, she risks being labeled undisciplined and self-indulgent.

This might be true, but I am having a hard time thinking of an example. Help me out?



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