Critical Linking: The Most-Read Stories, September 9th – 14th, 2013

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


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.


Armed with a crude map (which was soon wet with sweat) printed from a website and a few bottles of unpleasantly warm watermelon juice, I embarked on a grueling, if short, hike up a dusty, unbearably hot trail to a clearing that resembled a homeless camp, except instead of hobos there were a bunch of girls in vintage-y dresses carefully picking through handmade books and magazines. 

It’s like a scavenger hunt that leads to a unmarked bookstore in the woods. 


Percent of U.S. adults who can’t read: 14%

Just….man. Crap.


But now the country has amassed a “paper mountain” of unwanted copies of EL James’s erotic novel, suggesting that readers are bored with the “mummy porn” trilogy.The books cannot be recycled because of the glue which was used to bind them. Cancer Research UK have revealed that as soon as they sell one of the novels, they get two donations in its place.

Shoot. Seems like they are in a real bind.


The acclaimed US novelist Jonathan Franzen has likened Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and claimed that the online retailer-publisher is decimating literary culture in favour of the “yakkers and tweeters and braggers”. 

I wonder who the other three horsemen are?



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