Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, August 19-24, 2013

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


The fate of these forgotten writers is a sad reminder that this will also happen to many serious works of philosophy, history, fiction, poetry, and all the other books collecting dust on their shelves. As long as they were there, some browser with plenty of time on her hands would have a chance to find a phrase, a bit of description or some little story in one of them, that enriches her life and does her soul good.

Those that mourn the loss of used book stores forget that with digital, nothing need go “out of print.”


Genene Jones, reportedly the inspiration behind Annie Wilkes, the “number one fan” from Stephen King’s Misery, is scheduled to be released on good behavior after serving 64 years of her 99-year sentence.

Sleep well tonight, friends.


The Windhoek Public Library closed its three study rooms two weeks ago because some users were indulging in sexual activities as well as watching pornography while in the rooms.

The other option would be to open more rooms.


Required High School Reading Then and Now

It’s weird that the 2012 list has more in common with the 1907 list than the 1932 one.


“These are strange conundrums that no generation has ever faced before, and it’s a fascinating jumping off point for what I hope will be a very interesting book about modern courtship.”

As long as it is as smart as it sounds and doesn’t turn into Tom Haverford’s Guide to Lovin’ the Ladies, I’ll be preordering a copy.


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