Critical Linking for January 15th, 2016


Here are 10 books Mr. Gates found particularly informative and thought-provoking and awarded with rave reviews. This particular collection covers an array of topics, but most importantly, encourages new ways to think and learn.

This list of 10 Books That Will Make You Smarter from Bill Gates is unsurprisingly nerdy and eclectic, but also perhaps unexpectedly funny.


The readings of Fayadh’s poetry at 122 events in 44 countries on Thursday are part of a campaign organised by the International literature festival Berlin calling on the UK and US governments to halt his beheading and to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record.

Do take a minute to read about this case.


Even basic analysis shows that language on Twitter is far from a degraded form. Below, I’ve compared the most common words on Twitter against the Oxford English Corpus — a collection of nearly 2.5 billion words of modern writing of all kinds — journalism, novels, blogs, papers, everything. The OEC is the canonical census of the current English vocabulary. I’ve charted only the top 100 words out of the tens of thousands that people use, which may seem like a paltry sample, but roughly half of all writing is formed from these words alone (both on Twitter and in the OEC). The most important thing to notice on Twitter’s list is this: despite the grumblings from the weathered sentinels atop Fortress English, there are only two “netspeak” entries — rt, for “retweet” and u, for “you” — in the top 100.

I guess we’ll have to be afraid of some other new writing form now.


We’ve all read a novel or two that’s set in London. The creators of the Map of Fictional London have drawn from over 600, including plays and poems. Their new chart pins a literary work to almost every major road, park or river in central London. 


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