Critical Linking: August 17, 2012


He would pre- tend to be fishing, wait until a German submarine came along- side to buy fresh fish and water, and then attack the enemy with bazookas, machine guns, and hand grenades. Hemingway would use Basque jai alai play- ers to lob the grenades down the open hatches of the unsus- pecting U-boat. 

Hemingway’s scheme did get military support, but he never actually got close enough to a U-boat to do anything.


I, Sarah Callender, vow to buy at least one book a month from a local indie bookstore for the rest of my life.

Is it a good sign that your customers have to enter into verbal contracts with themselves to buy stuff from you? Seems like it could go either way…


In short, copyright keeps the writer in the polis, and indeed it is remarkable how little creative writing today is truly revolutionary, in the sense of seeking a profoundly different model of a society. There is a subversive writerly attitude, of course, liberal, anti-authoritarian, which has paradoxically become almost a convention; dissatisfaction with society is expected of an author. All the same with a royalty check whose arrival relies on international agreements, electronic funds transfer, and a willingness to prosecute copyright piracy, he or she is more a creature of the status quo than its enemy. Perhaps this is a good thing. Perhaps it is limiting. Perhaps good things are inevitably limiting.

A world without copyright would mean a world without writers….at least as we understand what the word “writer” means.


One young man once told him that his favourite books were about serial killers and that all he enjoyed reading were books about serial killers. “We don’t have a lot of them for obvious reasons,” Charbonneau said.

Life as a prison librarian.

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