Critical Linking: April 27, 2012

The copyright on Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” expires in 2015, after which anyone will be free to republish the infamous tome. Amid fears that neo-Nazis could exploit the text’s new availability, the Bavarian government, which holds the copyright, is planning to bring out its own annotated version.

Nothing foils a hate-group exploiting something like a good footnote.


What I’m suggesting then is that much of our response to novels may have to do with the kind of “system” or “conversation” we grew up in and within which we had to find a position and establish an identity. Dostoevsky is always and immediately enthralling for me. The question of whether and how far to side with good or evil, with renunciation or indulgence, grabs me at once and takes me straight back to my adolescence.

How we react to books might have something to do with our past experiences. In other news, donuts are tasty.


The plot remains the same, the only thing that changes is that you take the place of some of the most famous characters in history!

Call me Jeff.


If in January, you sit there contemplating what you should report and write in order to win a Pulitzer Prize during the coming year — or if you harbor such thoughts at any point during the year – you are hack and a whore and part of the problem.



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