Critical Linking

Critical Linking: August 23rd, 2013

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

 

Required High School Reading Then and Now

It’s weird that the 2012 list has more in common with the 1907 list than the 1932 one.

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“The joy of this documentary is discovering information that, until now, has been kept under wraps for decades,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement, comparing the situation to the time, “back in 1993, when Miramax released The Crying Game, we asked journalists and moviegoers not to reveal the film’s secret to their friends.”

So what in the name of Holden Caulfield are we going to learn about Salinger in this thing?

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Contemporary writing is king: 97 percent of the colleges assigned books published in or after 1990. Cinema is regent: At least 66 of the 190 books have film versions. Translation is unwelcome: Only six were first written in a language other than English. Me is first: Memoir was by far the most popular genre, accounting for 92 titles. Nonfiction rules: 71 of the colleges assigned fiction, while 242 assigned nonfiction.

The popularity of memoir is pretty interesting.

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This exhibition explores the history of ‘The Booker’ and the ways in which the prize has captured the British imagination and the attention of the international literary community through objects drawn from the more than four thousand proofs, printed books, manuscripts, artworks, letters, and promotional material that comprise the Morgan’s Man Booker Prize Collection.

I think being the acquisitions director of The Morgan Library might the dream job of dream job for literature junkies.

 

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