Critical Linking: February 21st, 2014


Daily comic website Darning Socks has recently created an illustrated Kama Sutra for Bibliophiles, which features reading positions that bookworms would be able to relate to.

Not nearly as NSFW as it might seem, but this is pretty darn cute.


They face budget cuts and closures, but they’re a lifeline for people like me. Libraries should get more respect.

“Preach it,” says this choir member.


I’ve always been a claustrophile, and I think that explains some of the appeal—the train is bounded, compartmentalized, and cozily small, like a carrel in a college library. Everything has its place. The towel goes on the ledge beneath the mirror; the sink goes into its hole in the wall; during the day, the bed, which slides down from overhead, slides up into a high pocket of space. There is comfort in the certainty of these arrangements. The journey is bounded, too: I know when it will end. Train time is found time.

This piece is about why train rides are good for writing, but all of this applies double for reading. Train reading is some of the best reading.



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