Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, June 17-22, 2013

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


The Johnson family has been collecting and accumulating books since the late 19th century.  In 1899 the first family library was built by Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919) to house his 8,000 books. It is little wonder that with a library of that size he was known as the “sage of the Osage” (the house and library were built on the Osage River).

Now there are two family libraries and 35,000 books.

Ok, new life goal: pass down an enormous family library over three generations.


Discovery is only one facet of Evoke, however: engagement with the characters is also a prominent feature. The platform will feature character-specific pages, including galleries of annotation composites (user-generated compilations of text), images, video, and audio. The goal is to spur a community dialogue around each character and enable “a character’s collective identity to empower a number of diverse perspectives in one visually stunning environment,” in Axline’s words.

I have a feeling that the Mr. Darcy page will be some people’s….special place.


Some notes on the new vocabulary in this batch come from a wide range of semantic regions, as usual. Scientific vocabulary (especially technology) forms a healthy chunk: big data, crowdsourcing,e-reader, mouseover, redirect (the noun), and stream (the verb).

E-reader. With a hyphen. Nooooooooooooooooo. 


One of the most important literary relics of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway’s fully documented typewriter, on which he typed his last book, is being offered by auctioneer Profiles In History in its Rare Books & Manuscripts sale, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  It is estimated to sell for $60,000 – $80,000.

Usually, the estimated prices on these sorts of literary artifacts blow me away. But this one seems….almost reasonable? In a crazy-rich person sorta way?


But Kickstarter allowed it to proceed, calling the guide “abhorrent” but not in violation of “our current guidelines.” The campaign exceeded its fundraising goal by 800 percent.

Kickstarter wins the award for best apology this week.


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