Critical Linking: February 27th, 2014

Blake’s father, Nuri Ansari, works developing programs for the homeless and the formerly incarcerated. To help Blake understand the issue better, his mother, Starita Boyce Ansari, showed him the multipart New York Times story about a homeless girl named Dasani that came out in early December. She says her son was immediately concerned about the well-being of kids living in substandard shelters. One thing about these children’s lives was especially troubling. “That means they don’t have a library,” Blake said to his mother.

He wanted to give them one.

Cool, big-hearted kid or the coolest, biggest-hearted kid?


Actor Edward Norton will reportedly direct and star in a film adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel “Motherless Brooklyn.”

I think this is gonna be good.


The “Fifty Shades of Grey” erotica series by E L James has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, its American publisher, Vintage Books, said on Wednesday, a milestone for a trilogy that began as fan fiction and emerged as one of the biggest-selling series in publishing history.

Other series with more than 100 million copies sold include the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” series and the Nancy Drew books.

And this, mind you, is in less than two years of being in print. Astonishing.


Last month he was putting the finishing touches on Godzilla, which trudges from Tokyo Bay into North American cinemas on May 15. He won’t see it until then.“This always tends to shock people, but I do not see the movie before it opens,” he says. “I am basically writing a 300-page description of a movie I have not seen yet.”

Writing a movie novelization seems just as strange as say….wanting to read a novelization of a movie.


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