Critical Linking for November 8th, 2013


Congratulations to Donna Tartt on The Goldfinch, our pick for the 2013 Best Book of the Year. See all our top 100 picks below.

Amazon’s best books of 2013 have been announced. Commence browsing.


If readers are still stumped, each page features a “tap to translate” button that converts the Shakespearean text — in Wordplay’s case, a combination of the First Folio of 1623 and the Globe editions of 1866 — into modern language. For example, touching the translate button turns this line from Macbeth: “He can report/ As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt/ The Newest state” into this: “He can report/ Given the gory state that he’s in/ The latest news from the battlefield.”

I wonder what this would do with Mercutio’s dream-speech in Romeo and Juliet.


Urban Outfitters co-founder Scott Belair is investing $20 million in his alma mater, Lehigh University, to set up a satellite campus, currently known as the Mountaintop Project, where innovation is prized and traditional college curriculum is thrown out the window.

I know this sounds crazy, but this is how radical education change can happen. Someone with deep pockets and strong beliefs.


“This week, I am completing a contribution for a new book that was started by José Saramago. He wrote the first chapter of what was supposed to become a novel against the war. His widow, Pilar del Rio, had the idea of inviting 10 writers to finish that book, each one writing a different and autonomous chapter.”




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