Critical Linking: December 1st, 2014

 

The visit is perhaps of most interest, though, for the books that Obama picked up with his daughters. It’s hard to imagine the purchases were entirely spontaneous — the White House knows presidential reading gets a lot of scrutiny — but it’s still interesting to see.

Gotta say, that’s quite a fine purchase list.

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Perhaps my allergy was actually a deep physical revulsion that came from the psychological impression and weight of the association. Whatever it was, I could no longer eat watermelon.

Jacqueline Woodson’s essay about the pain of Daniel Handler’s joke is essential reading.

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Donations to the Ferguson Municipal Public Library skyrocketed after word spread on social media following Monday’s announcement that a grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. People have been able to donate to the library via PayPal since this summer — the library also stayed open then to accommodate students when schools were closed — but donations greatly increased in the past couple days after Neil Gaiman and many other authors urged people on Twitter to donate.

This article is a few days old, and donations at the moment are over $300,000. Good job, bookternet.

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