Critical Linking for September 16th, 2015

I wondered whether that old, slower form of information delivery—books—could act as a kind of antidote to the stress caused by the constant flow of new digital information. Whether my inability to sustain my focus—at work, home, and on reading books—could be cured by finding ways to once again sustain my focus…on a book.

Reading can make you feel less busy–and there’s a good reason to care about that.


Low-income Americans, Hispanics and African Americans are more likely than others to say that a library closing would impact their lives and communities.

New wide-ranging survey on American libraries has a bunch of fascinating nuggets.


Sacks observed his subjects with a naturalist’s dispassion, and when his descriptions made me laugh or gasp or turn the page to find out more about the person’s predicament I felt complicit. 

Atul Gawande on Oliver Sacks. Doesn’t get much better than this for medical literature nerds.


For readers from marginalized communities, communities impacted by oppression and violence, fictional worlds have the potential to act as irreplaceable portals through which we can grapple with not only our tumultuous past and difficult present, but also the promise of a more hopeful future.

On the potential of fiction for marginalized identities.

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