Punny Literary Valentines and More in Critical Linking: February 14, 2016

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Tis the day to enjoy these beautiful literary Valentine puns. I snort-laughed at some of them.


The solution I devised for myself is a simple one: It’s 25 pages a day. That’s it. Just commit to that, and then do it. What will 25 pages a day get you?

Let’s say that two days out of each month, you probably won’t have time to read. Plus Christmas. That gives you 340 days a year of solid reading time. 25 pages a day for 340 days is 8,400 pages. 8,400. What I have also found is that, when I commit to a minimum of 25 pages, I almost always read more. So let’s call the 8,400 pages 10,000. (I’d only need to extend that 25 pages into 30 to get there.)

With 10,000 pages a year, at a general pace of 25/day, what can we get done?

I’ve never thought about reading mathematically like this, and it’s really comforting to think about how you can achieve reading those big books through simple methodology. Neat!


You might expect hefty Russian tome War And Peace to be the book that Britons are most likely to have lied about reading.

But children’s favourite Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is responsible for the most literary fibs, according to a BBC survey.



There aren’t unexpected plot twists in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (spoiler alert: he walks), but the series has already proven to be as captivating as the real court case. Roughly 12 million people tuned in last week to watch the show’s premiere, and last night’s episode reenacted the 1994 televised Bronco chase watched by more than 90 million people. To tide you over until next week, here is the essential reading list on the O.J. Simpson case, books written by the lawyers, friends, and insiders whose lives were forever changed by the trial of the century.

I haven’t been watching the show, but I know people who have and I bet many of those who have been engrossed with Making a Murderer will be interested in these books, too.


Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s Regency novel chronicling the budding romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, has captivated readers for over 200 years. The enduring classic also boasts a strong collection of film and TV adaptations, from its first transformation to the screen in 1938 to the latest movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, released last Friday.

To celebrate the many faces of Austen’s beloved book, we assembled every English-language film and TV adaptation in this gallery.

Slideshow but worth it for those who love Austen and adaptations of her work.

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