Critical Linking: November 12, 2012

If you put your book in the hands of a traditional publisher, you keep only a small portion of what the book makes. But if it loses money, which is likely, it’s not your mortgage or grocery bill that goes up in smoke – the publisher eats it, and tries again with another book, by you or somebody else.

Mitigating risk is all well and good, but if we have too many books in the first place, maybe weeding out those not willing to take the risk isn’t such a bad idea.


Climate change and extinction are issues of great torment and responsibility, both individual and collective. They are matters of life and death and meaning; therefore they are matters of art.

Only one problem with so-called “environmental novels“: their plots move at glacial speeds.


Each school librarian has provided an Amazon Wish List detailing the particular books that their kids need, and readers can choose which books they would like to purchase on behalf of the school. Amazon handles the transactions, and the books get delivered straight to the school librarian.

Direct action to help school libraries. Nice.


The stories were then scored and rated for originality and novelty, plot development and quality, and sophistication and creative use of prior knowledge. The researchers also carried out detailed intelligence tests and analysed how families functioned in the Russian households.

I see absolutely no flaws in this study of inherited creativity. 

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