Critical Linking: August 13, 2012


1. Be financially sustainable.

Is it just me, or is it a bad sign when the number one idea for saving bookstores is so….obvious?


Apple Inc. is considering funding a prize for women’s fiction in the U.K. after mobile-phone operator Orange withdrew its sponsorship in May…

With more than 100 billion in cash sitting around, this seems like a pretty good place to drop some of it.


But literary tomb-robbing is no fit occupation for anyone, talented or not. It’s not unethical. It’s just that no good ever comes of it.

Except for say Hamlet, The Iliad, Wide Sargasso Sea, and virtually every superhero comic book that’s ever been written.


The Chinese immigrants in Flushing, Queens, devour books with titles like “Romantic Flower” and “The Heart With a Million Knots.” The Russian women in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, clamor for a diet guide advocating plenty of meat. In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a bookseller cannot keep a tell-all by the wife of an adored Polish politician on the shelves.

It’s not all 50 Shades all the time, everywhere.