Critical Linking: February 14, 2015


You might know it as the “city of brotherly love,” but you might not know that the tagline is right there in the name. It’s love for adelphos, brother.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are 11 words that come from “love.” Some of these were surprises.


Even if there’s a sensible marriage or two with less combustive energy at these books’ conclusions, we tend to forget those pedestrian matches while the unrealized love lives on in our minds. These are the stories that we remember not because they ended with the altar or a fat smiling baby, but because they ended with a feeling of burning loss and enduring passion.

For your Valentine’s Day pleasure, here’s a selection of literature’s most painfully unrequited, star-crossed and thwarted romances.

Now that we got love out of the way in this round-up, how about a selection of 25 stories where the love is unrequited?


The Library, Koh Samui

The all-white reading room of this beachfront Thai resort is nicknamed The Lib, and houses not only an impressive collection of books but also DVDs and CDs. The room’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the hotel’s red-tiled swimming pool and the Gulf of Thailand beyond. The bedrooms and suites, split across 26 separate “cabins”, are similarly minimalist and modern, with bright colour schemes softened by rustic wooden shutters and bamboo writing desks.

A neat guide to library hotels around the world. Includes a short, more-than-worthwhile slideshow.


Three E.B. White classics read by millions of parents to their children will soon be available on the digital screen.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” ”Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17. White’s granddaughter Martha White told The Associated Press that family members had worried electronic sales would hurt business for their preferred format, paper.

The news itself is interesting — more children’s classics coming to e-format — but more interesting is the attitude of who should be reading these books electronically and where.


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