Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, January 7-12th, 2013

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


After he turns 60, Quentin Tarantino will stop making films and turn to writing, he told NPR’s Terry Gross on Wednesday on the program Fresh Air. In addition to screenplays and books, Tarantino specifically noted he planned to write book reviews.

“Something stopped me in school a little bit. Anything that I’m not interested in, I can’t even feign interest.”


My problem with Wolf is longstanding and is not about how she looks or climaxes – but it is about how she thinks, or rather doesn’t. She comes in a package that is marketed as feminism but is actually breathlessly written self-help. Her oeuvre, if I can use this word, is basically memoir, in which she struggles to tell some heroic truth that many others have already told us. The great trick is to present this material as new, and to somehow speak on behalf of all women when she is infinitely privileged and sheltered.

That’s just one of the contenders for The Hatchet Job of the Year.


It is physically impossible to look cool in the coffee line holding a Tablet. You just can’t do it! But if you’ve got a thin volume of Baudelaire poems, say, or a Murakami novel, look out!

This is the fantasy that book nerds believe–that reading a book makes you look cool. It doesn’t. You’re thinking of smoking a cigarette.


60% of ebook readers are under 45 years old.

Not a surprise.


Some dead writers simply shouldn’t tweet. J. D. Salinger was too reclusive; Hemingway would have seen it as needy; Faulkner would have balked at the character limit. 

In her exploration of Twitter, she somehow missed the parody accounts.



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