Critical Linking for September 24th, 2015

Who knew the sidewalk could be such a weird and witty place?

Independent bookstores are on the rise. Maybe because of these 15 Hilarious Bookstore Chalkboards?


When an investigator from the Hill, as Los Alamos was called, came to find out why so many of the people to whom the books were donated shared names with supposedly top-secret Los Alamos residents, writes Bier, the government discovered that many scientists had simply gone into Santa Fe libraries themselves and used their real names to check out books.

The strange story of the secret library of the Los Alamos project.


Gardner’s marginal text is encyclopedic, gathering together a small mountain of biographical and bibliographical information on Carroll with much else besides. At times it functions as a field guide to Victorian England, describing such unfamiliar items as “bathing machines” (“small individual locker rooms on wheels”) and “comfits” (“hard sweetmeats made by preserving dried fruits or seeds with sugar and covering them with a thin coating of syrup”). 

Meet the man who annotated Alice in Wonderland and invented annotation as we know it.


Scalia had 39 literary references to 15 authors, followed by Justices Stephen G. Breyer (15 references to 12 authors), Clarence Thomas (11 references to nine authors), Anthony M. Kennedy (eight references to eight authors), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (seven references to five authors), Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (two references to two authors), and Samuel A. Alito Jr. (one reference to one author). Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan had none. (Kagan’s references to Dr. Seuss and the author of Spider-Man comics weren’t included because those authors weren’t among the 91 literary greats as determined by the study authors.)

Ranking Supreme Court justices by literary references.

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