Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, January 21 – 26, 2013

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


You seem to think that nothing fun can have value; that only grimdark portentousness and dystopia mean anything. You wallow in human suffering and despair, and frankly—it makes me tired.

Does speculative fiction need to lighten up?


Some of the two-foot high, Plexiglas and metal letters that spelled out “BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC” are available to bid on via eBay to raise money for the Ann Arbor-based Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

I dunno, but this feels a little like keeping the ashes of your dead relatives on the mantelpiece to me.


“Stutzman bought the book in California and read it cover to cover,” the lawsuit said. “Although Stutzman does not buy or read many books, he found Armstrong’s book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends.”

Does this mean that we can all sue every author that ever let me down as a person, even when we loved their books?


Just to be clear, the reimagined independent bookshop is not really a money-making outfit. While these shops might break even, in some cases turn a small profit, it is only because their customers override their instinct to act like consumers and act like good citizens instead, paying full price when they could get a discount by crossing the street or just clicking a mouse. At Curiosity House, Hicks got locals to sign a contract saying they wouldn’t shop on Amazon – for the most part, it’s worked. Patchett went on The Colbert Report and asked viewers from across the country to buy her book at full price from her shop’s website – and they did, in the thousands.

Heart-warming, but signing a contract not to shop at Amazon?



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