Critical Linking: March 22, 2015

Sixpence None The Richer took their name from a passage in C.S. Lewis’ book Mere Christianity. The section from Lewis’ book is about a son asking his father for a sixpence to buy him a gift.

“When the father received the present, he was none the richer because he originally gave the sixpence to his son,” lead singer Leigh Nash said on The Late Show with David Letterman. “The analogy is to God who gives gifts for us to glorify him. He is not richer because of our presentation since he originally gave the gift.”

A fun look at 20 bands that took their names from classic literature. I didn’t know all of these.




Barcode art on picture books. So fun!


Early twentieth century American writers manipulated text to much the same effect. Gertrude Stein was a noted hater of the exclamation and question marks, calling both symbols “unnecessary” and “ugly.” Her flattened sentences shaped the lines of writers who studied her, mostly Ernest Hemingway and E.E. Cummings, the latter a famous manipulator of capitalization and punctuation.

I appreciate pieces that talk about how technology influences our language the most when they’re more a snapshot than a judgment. This is a pretty interesting one.


alice in wonderland b&n bag


Barnes & Noble is redesigning their bags so they feature first pages of classic novels.


People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there’s a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world.

Fall into these “perfect” short stories.


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