Critical Linking: December 13th, 2013


With his intellectual output reaching its peak during this period, Nietzsche required a device that would let him write while making minimal demands on his vision. So he sought to buy a typewriter in 1881. Although he was aware of Remington typewriters, the ailing philosopher looked for a model that would be fairly portable, allowing him to travel, when necessary, to more salubrious climates. The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball seemed to fit the bill.

Just think what he could have done with dictation software.


Authors, publishers and agents are still being paid the same amount for each copy of the book by the retailers, meaning that many of these books are being sold at a loss, the aim likely to accrue market share.

It does seem like there have been some especially good deals on ebooks this season. The fight for the digital book marketplace is still being waged, even though many have already called it for Amazon.


For the sin of casting doubt on the Truth and Beauty of Twitter, Franzen was swiftly branded a Luddite, an elitist, a pretentious old fart and a misogynist. The yakkers, braggers and bullies did themselves proud.
— Zoë Heller

Jonathan Franzen defended in The New York Times. Imagine that.


Here’s something to pre-order for the holidays: Oprah Winfrey’s new book club pick. Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings,” coming out Jan. 7.

This doesn’t have the juice it once did, but still will move some copies.


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