Critical Linking: February 5th, 2013

The New York Public Library has seen a spike of 40 percent in program attendance and a nearly 60 percent increase in circulation over the last decade, despite an 8 percent cut in city funding, according to a recent report from the Center for an Urban Future.

I wonder if the decline of brick and mortar bookstores has had some effect on this. (warning, registration required.)


To me, it’s not about traditional vs. self-publishing, it’s about finding the best way to serve the readers. Book writing is a lonely process. I’d rather make the entire experience something the readers can participate in. Sure, it’s going to be harder to write a book in public, but I think everyone who’s along for the ride will get more out of it. And I actually believe the end-product will be of higher quality.

Is crowd-funding the mid-point between traditional and self-publishing, or does it exist on some different axis?


As you can see, I have a mane of silver hair and wear a corduroy blazer with leather elbow patches stitched with corduroy threads that have their own leather thread-patches, and pace briskly into this lecture hall from the New England autumn just as class starts.

Is there any profession whose practitioners utter the following phrase: “You know, Hollywood actually represents our profession accurately?”


Christie happened to be a close friend of Dilly Knox, one of the leading codebreakers at Bletchley Park. MI5 was concerned that the major’s inside knowledge of the progress of the war was based on what the codebreakers knew about Hitler’s plans. Had Christie mischievously named the character Bletchley because Knox told her what was going on there?

She’s just the coolest, right?

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