Critical Linking

CRITICAL LINKING: February 2, 2012

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“I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.”

Actually, for Alan Moore, that’s a pretty calm reaction to these Watchmen prequels.


“It’s unquestionably the most original film made this year. Terrence Malick has been an interesting director throughout his entire career and this last film, I know there’s been divided opinion about it, but I thought it was so courageous.”

Eugenides seems pretty confident in this Oscar pick, which is strange since in the same article he admits to not having seen all the nominated movies.


“It is terrifying, the moment when your life is suddenly unrecognizable. And no book, I think, has captured that terror and the pain of readjusting better than Metropole.”

Good book, but do you really want a faithful representation of the pain of readjusting while going through it? I’d go with something stable and soothing, like Garrison Keillor, the Metamucil of novelists.


“(1) I was stunned by the power of [ ]. This book will change your life. Or, (2) [ ] expresses an emotional depth that moves me beyond anything I have experienced in a book.”

If the blurbs on some books seems oddly formulaic, well, there’s a reason for that.