Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, June 11 – 16, 2012

The most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…


And yet Fitzgerald had a kind of double agent’s consciousness about the tinsel of the jazz age, and about the privileged world of inherited wealth; he couldn’t help stopping to admire and glamorise the glittering interiors of which his midwestern heart ultimately disapproved.

The sadness of The Great Gatsby is definitely under-acknowledged.


82 percent of respondents reported reading YA.

No, it’s not just you. The great majority of book bloggers read YA.


Furthermore, two-thirds of American counties — 66 percent! — had exactly 0 bookstores. It was a relatively tiny business centered in the urban areas of the country. Did some great books come out back then? Of course! But they were aimed only at the tiny percentage of the country that was visible to publishers of the time: sophisticated urban elites.

Damn hard to buy a book in 1931. Of course, the Depression didn’t help.


41% of those who have owned an ereader for more than a year say they are reading more.

That’s good, right? Though, if 54% say they are reading less…

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