Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, November 12 – 17, 2012


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

This really isn’t a store for readers. The traditional purpose of a bookstore is as a place to buy a piece of printed culture. We sell printed artifacts that contain text – not that you can’t read these books – but people don’t come here to buy books to read, they come here to buy books to own.

And they can buy those books from a vending machine. How cool is that?


But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you

Seems that Philip Roth wasn’t the man to see if you were in need of a pep-talk.


At the end of June, Amazon’s Kindle family of reading devices was used to read e-books by 55% of e-book buyers.

Apple devices account for 15% and Nooks for 14%. This is a long race, but the green giant is way out in front.


Should we be free to burn Korans, mock the passionately held religions of others? Maybe we should – but should we also be surprised when the believers we have offended respond in fury? I couldn’t answer that question at the time and, with all good will, I still can’t. But I am a little proud, in retrospect, that I spoke against the easy trend, reckoning with the wrath of outraged western intellectuals, and suffering it in all its righteous glory. And if I met Salman tomorrow? I would warmly shake the hand of a brilliant fellow writer.

Le Carre and Rushdie bury the hatchet, or whatever they call it over there. Probably “splitter” or something.

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