Critical Linking: September 19, 2015

When we asked you to send us pictures of your favourite book covers, they came flooding in. From classics such as the 1925 edition of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to contemporary highlights such as Joshua Cohen’s The Book of Numbers, take a look at some of the jackets our readers love the most.

The cover of Gatsby is iconic, but I don’t know if I’d call it a favorite.

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Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore. They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me.), telescopes and microscopes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), American Girl dolls (Lewiston, Me.), fishing rods (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Frisbees and Wiffle balls (Mesa, Ariz.) and mobile hot spot devices (New York and Chicago).

Fascinating look at the way public libraries are expanding their usefulness in a digital age.

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Minus our freedom, we may find ourselves no safer; indeed we may be double-plus unfree, having handed the keys to those who promised to be our defenders but who have become, perforce, our jailers. A prison might be defined as any place you’ve been put into against your will and can’t get out of, and where you are entirely at the mercy of the authorities, whoever they may be. Are we turning our entire society into a prison? If so, who are the inmates and who are the guards? And who decides?

Margaret Atwood on personal freedom is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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