Critical Linking: February 28th, 2014


The two curators, Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg, have selected the most difficult of the most difficult, telling us about the 10 literary Mt. Everests waiting out there for you to climb, should you be so bold. If you can somehow read all 10, you probably ascend to the being immediately above Homo sapiens.

I have tried and failed to read at least three of these most difficult books. I may have tried others, but the strain probably erased them from my memory.


A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model.

Hehehe. “Saddle-node.” Hehehehe.


Asked to pair a favorite film with a dish of his own creation, Farina chose 2005’s Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, the fourth installment in the film series about a boy wizard. In this chapter, directed by Mike Newell (the third director to take up the series), Harry gets unwillingly dragged into a magical competition between the three major schools of witchcraft and wizardry. At one point, challenged to retrieve something precious to him from underwater, he’s given a solution in the form of a magical plant that causes him to grow gills and fins. That was the inspiration for Farina’s dish, a Moto standard that can be adapted for a variety of ingredients.

You know, of all the scenes in all the Harry Potter movies that would seem likely to inspire a dish, I might have picked the merpeople scene last. That or the cave troll scene.


The popularity of the young adult category is driven largely by adult book buyers. Readers 18 and older accounted for 79% of young adult unit purchases in the December 2012 through November 2013 period, according to Nielsen. The single largest demographic group buying young adult titles in the period was the 18- to 29-year-old age bracket. And even as book buyers age, they still tend to buy most young adult books for themselves rather than for a child or grandchild.

I feel like we sorta knew this. After all, how many under 18 year-olds buy books for themselves? Library borrowing would be interesting to see here as well.


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