Critical Linking: September 13th, 2013


“Books were nice. In ten years’ time, all reading will be via digital means. And yes, I know, you like the ‘feel’ of paper. Well, in ten years’ time you’ll hardly tell the difference as ‘paper’ itself becomes digitized.”

Foldable, flexible screens. I can’t quite wrap my head around it, but boy does this ereader concept look cool.


The debate over why McCandless perished, and the related question of whether he is worthy of admiration, has been smoldering, and occasionally flaring, for more than two decades now. But last December, a writer named Ronald Hamilton posted a paper on the Internet that brings fascinating new facts to the discussion. Hamilton, it turns out, has discovered hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of McCandless’s death.

If you find the Into the Wild saga interesting, this follow-up article is for you.


Carol Snowden left $750,000 to the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Whitehall branch, where she worked for 30 years. She left instructions that it be used for children’s issues. When she died, she had no idea that an entirely new building would appear so soon.

Librarian works at library for thirty years. She then dies of ovarian cancer and leaves the lion’s share of her life savings to the children’s department. And now we all are crying.


Wait, at the end of the novel The Shining—does Jack knock out Dick Hallorann’s teeth or his dentures with that roque mallet? Rocky Wood knows. His 6,000-page Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King, compiled with two coauthors, is the deepest of deep dives into the people, places, and … things in King’s oeuvre. So it’s no surprise that King hired Wood, an Australian horror author, as a continuity adviser and fact-checker on his new novel, Doctor Sleep.

I like this guy.



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