Critical Linking for January 16th, 2013


Using scanners, scientists monitored the brain activity of volunteers as they read pieces of classical English literature both in their original form and in a more dumbed-down, modern translation, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

Isn’t it weird that there’s not a more elegant phrase than “dumbed-down?” Sort of like an onomatopoeia, but not.


Much has been written about what makes a great children’s book, but at the end of the day, it’s like porn — you know it when you see it.

From ‘Today in unfortunate choices of cliched analogies“….


I come to you this evening to tell you why Dan Brown is right and everyone else is wrong, and why Robert Langdon is the hero we need.

With all the carping about a new Dan Brown novel, good to revisit this piece about Brown’s protagonist’s virtues.


“I’m particularly partial to a book called ‘Sabbath’s Theater,’ which a lot of people hate. Now, that’s not the reason I like it,” he said.

Philip Roth reveals which of his novels he likes the best. And a lot of people do hate it.

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