Critical Linking: October 28 – November 3, 2012

Here are the most-read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…



“Facing a future where anyone can start typing their Twilight-inspired masturbation fantasies onto the Internet and suddenly become a multimillionaire, stalwart book publishing companies Penguin and Random House have decided to combine forces, becoming the largest consumer book publisher in the world.”

Nevermind the millions Random House made off said fantasies. Caught hairy-palmed!


If you and your board are now determined to show that you in fact have wisdom and maturity when you exercise your powers over the eduction of your young, then you should acknowledge that it was a rotten lesson you taught young people in a free society when you denounced and then burned books–books you hadn’t even read.

Vonnegut destroys some book-banners.


But I also demand, and believe that all readers should demand, the high quality that book publishers have always offered to their customers.

While typos are not a proxy for quality, they sure are a coal-blackened canary.


“The paper I copied it on kept wearing out, and I kept recopying it. I don’t know how many times, twenty or thirty, I expect,” Truman reportedly told the journalist Merle Miller, adding that he “had a lot more faith in poets than reporters.”

Truman is not the only President to appreciate the power of poetry.

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