Critical Linking: August 3, 2013

The time-honored art of browsing in a bookstore or library is a good way to indulge random acts of discovery. It’s nice to remind ourselves that we readers often don’t know what we’ll like until we try it.

The beauty of this sentiment is that, unlike when your parents made you try brussel sprouts, you can always put the book down if you don’t like it.


At this point one is beginning to have byline-count fatigue, not so much because byline counts can’t provide decent measures of exactly how sexist and racist public discourse is today, but because they provide an increasingly depressing catalog of how little editors at the major general interest publications appear to respond to them. Every new round is a new document of failure to launch. 

The NYRB editorial board seem to be members of the “Elitist Penis Club.”


“The fun part with this adaptation is figuring out how few words I can get away with. Some of my favorite moments in the novel are those when Melinda can’t speak because she is so hampered by her depression and the hard things that have happened to her. Now I’ll get the chance to turn that over to Emily, who gets to show readers how those silent moments look and feel. It will be exciting to see her artistic interpretation.”

We’ve done the book-to-movie thing for a while now. It’s time to let the book-to-graphic novel thing have its day in the sun.


98 percent of Jesus’s fellow Jews could neither read nor write. The notion that a tekton, as Jesus is referred to in the Bible, a woodworker, which would make him the second-lowest rung on the social ladder in his time just above the slave and the indigent and the beggar, the notion that he would have had any sort of formal education, let alone the kind of education necessary to debate theological points with the scribes and the Pharisees, is difficult  to reconcile with what we know of the history of the time.

See the interview with Reza Aslan on Fox News last weekend?  THIS is what they should have been focusing on.


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