Critical Linking: October 29th, 2013


Here’s a pretty expensive way to say (almost) nothing: Buy two consecutive pages in the A section of The New York Times, and leave them completely blank except for a tiny URL in 12-point type at the bottom of the second page.

Pretty splashy ad for The Book Thief movie, eh?


A murder mystery that has remained unsolved since 1931 and has baffled some of the sharpest minds in detective work and crime writing has been revisited by novelist PD James, who says that “a solution to the mystery came into my mind with the strength of an absolute conviction”

It’s like a real-life Murder, She Wrote. Or Castle. Take your pick.


I don’t want to go all Andy Rooney, but doesn’t our culture seem kind of screwed up? Couldn’t there actually be a link between our politically polarized times and the decline in literary reading? How about the incidence of depression, or anxiety?

And aren’t rhetorical questions cool? I mean, don’t my points seem super-right when phrased like this?


In 1873, a physician at Harvard, Dr Edward Clark, published a book arguing that women who read too much could suffer from sterility, as well as atrophy of the uterus and ovaries. It was all about blood flow, you see — too much thinking caused blood to rush to the brain and away from the uterus, and reproductive organs withered.

I wonder if he argued the same thing about testicles.



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