Critical Linking for September 25th, 2015

Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when it comes to saying goodbye to a good book. Last week we asked on Facebook and on Twitter: What’s your favorite last line? Today we’ve got the top answers. Did yours make the list?

Your 20 Favorite Last Lines from Books: I love the first one.


The fast-food chain will offer extracts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Matilda with its kids’ meals, in a campaign backed by the National Literacy Trust.

Seems like a win-win.


 I estimated that there were probably close to 20,000 volumes in the house at the time of Chimen’s death. My father believed it was more like 15,000. Whatever the exact number of books at Hillway, it was staggering. And what made it more staggering was their quality. Chimen did not simply aim for numbers; he collected books and editions that were extraordinarily hard to find and, by extension, were worth their weight in gold. More important, they were the stuff of rebirth, ways to bring vanished pasts to life.

This man’s book collection is bigger, more interesting, and more meaningful than any other you are likely to come across.


The US is projected to lose $362.49bn in 2015, more than any other country. This is followed by China with a $134.54bn loss and Japan with $84.21bn. The UK is losing $57bn. The developing countries with the biggest projections of illiteracy-related losses are Bangladesh with $1bn and Angola with $530m.

Sometimes I forget that literacy, in even the US, is far from a solved problem.

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