Critical Linking: March 9, 2014

This is scary stuff: a Don DeLillo-prepped bully is a much, much more terrifying prospect than your standard-issue neighborhood thug, combining the ability to dole out, simultaneously, powerful noogies and close analysis of the “Pafko at the Wall” setpiece in Underworld.

Reading fiction can make you more empathetic, but it can also make you a more effective bully.


BookLikes members can now sync their Kindle account with BookLikes  and share their reading stats with other members. Members can share their reading status and the latest information on the ebooks they have read and rated.

Increasingly harder (more impossible?) to find a bookish social network that doesn’t in some way participate with Amazon.


A police report indicates that about 100 books were missing, many were signed by Rev. May, a leading antislavery figure for more than three decades. Some were gifts to him from other authors.

In November 2012, campus police learned that Mr. Heath, a janitor who had access to the library because of his housekeeping job at the college, had sold 20 of the missing books to a Worcester bookstore for $300 in September.



Idris Elba is in final negotiations to perform the role and provide the voice of the killer tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action take on The Jungle Book.




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