Critical Linking: March 28, 2012


“The scenes will apparently be packaged as part of a “Reading Guide” in the new edition of the book. The first paragraph below is an explanation provided by the publisher, followed by one of the four new scenes, in full.”

Hmmm. If it didn’t make the cut in a incomplete draft of the novel, does it really need to be jammed in?


“The Exclusive Home of the Harry Potter eBooks”

Wait, someone hasn’t read Harry Potter?


“The point is that a lot of editors toss review work to novelists because their byline looks good on a cover and novelists can generally be counted on to produce writing that will leave a reader awake (a challenge for too many critics). But a lot of them a) don’t want to offend potential colleagues; b) know what it’s like to read a bad review of their own work and don’t want to write one; or c) just don’t know how to write very good criticism.”

As the saying goes, just because you can play, it doesn’t mean you would make a good coach.


Of course, it doesn’t help at all that the two most-popular Android tablets, the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, are small-screen devices running an older version of Android (2.3), which doesn’t support the Fragment APIs necessary to create truly universal phone-and-tablet apps. The success of these two small tablets is actually holding back rather than advancing the cause of larger Android tablets.

This is pretty interesting. The relative popularity of the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet is preventing Android from becoming a real competitor to the iPad. I love my iPad, but I also want Apple to have incentive to get better.