Critical Linking: August 27th, 2013


The desk faces the Alban Hills, the Apennines. The terrace, just beyond the doors, gives onto a sweep of time and space, from the Forum and the Palatine all the way to EUR, a neighborhood that Mussolini conceived. I see the Gasometro in Ostiense, the crooked ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, Jesus and the saints on the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano.

Oh the crimes I would commit to have Jhumpa Lahiri’s office.


41% of users said they have a college education.

I have to admit that I expected the number of OverDrive users who get ebooks from their library to be higher. I’ll just be over here working on my bias.


For the past several years The Atlantic has been surveying media personalities about their daily media consumption. It’s a fascinating series, one that’s likely to lead you to some unexpected sources. Of course, you see some themes emerge: starting the day with Twitter and ending it with a book.

This makes a lot of sense to me. Twitter is like my morning newspaper, but at night it’s serious reading time.


“‘Twilight’ has its own parallel world, its own fan culture that has been forming on the net since day one,” Pattinson continued. “And in an intense way that has never existed before. Sometimes I ask myself what these masses of people do the whole day. They sit in front of their computers and comment on anything having even remotely to do with ‘Twilight.'”

Somewhere there are some Twi-hards that are really not sure what to say about this


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