Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, September 16th – 21st, 2012

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…


Bitter irony of Alzheimer’s for Nobel laureate Marquez as his symptoms mimic masterpiece.

Goddammit. As if this story isn’t sad enough, The Guardian doesn’t know what irony is. Hint: it isn’t this.


Q: Literary critics were tough on your books, labeling the writing poor and the content in poor taste. But you didn’t set out to write “War and Peace,” right?



Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.

Yea, I’m guessing the kid from The Shining WOULD be pretty messed up.


Perhaps not surprisingly, kids appear more receptive to ebooks in general, but just over half of those surveyed still favor paper; more than 70 percent of adults sided with traditional books, meanwhile.

Some might read this as print’s persistence. But we’re just a few years into the digital revolution for books and already almost half of kids prefer digital…and I think that number is soft.


It is true that one can get anything online now, and read everything at home, but there is nothing like a “real” book, and nothing like a library…

I like libraries too, but nostalgia alone probably isn’t enough.