Critical Linking: December 16th, 2013


But even for Tolkien scholars, keeping on the path of the original 300-page tale after the epic enchantments Team Jackson has added into the movies requires some Bilbo-like determination. Take our 30-question superfan quiz about the book to test whether you truly have what to takes to become a hero of Middle-earth.

I destroyed this like Smaug did the Kingdom Under the Mountain.


An analysis of retail pricing habits run by price intelligence firm Profitero revealed a pretty staggering statistic: Amazon changes its prices more than 2.5 million times a day. By comparison, Walmart and Best Buy changed their prices roughly 50,000 times each in the entire month of November.

Smart, but kinda frustrating for a shopper. Makes it like airline ticket prices: you always feel like it could have been cheaper.


Not to review books negatively is in essence to subsume book reviewing into advertising, public relations and promotion. Succumbing to uplift, edification and happy talk is basically saying that there’s something more important than telling the truth: not making enemies, not hurting people’s feelings.

blah blah blah book reviews should be this way and no other blah blah blah. How about this: do what you want to do and let other people do it the way they want to do it.


Another mystery: whenever I find myself writing such a list, I think, This is an hour of my life I will never get back; yet, when I see a seemingly cool list online, I totally read it! I do!

People like lists. Do what people like. Is it really that mysterious?



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