Critical Linking: May 22, 2012

“I think we put books on a pedestal compared to other forms of media … I thought long and hard about whether to do the study in the first place—I think banning books is a terrible idea, but a content warning on the back I think would empower parents.”

I can’t make a coherent argument about why I think movies should have ratings and books shouldn’t. But I do.


“ ‘Fifty Shades’ is getting a lot of people thinking and talking more openly about sex, sexuality, desire and interest,”

I might be wrong, but I think people were thinking about sex already.


Just why is it so hard for authors to accept a customer service concept that’s universal in every other industry?

Maybe because an author’s relationship to their book is not the same as a company’s relationship to the toaster it makes.


I’ve loved reading reviews of the books I’ve written, from professional reviews to comments on Amazon and Goodreads—even when they’re negative—because I think readers’ reactions to the books are way more interesting than my own.

I can’t tell if this is unbelievably healthy or borderline unhuman.


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