Critical Linking: February 8, 2014

Fragments of two previously unknown poems by seventh-century Greek lyric poetess Sappho have been discovered on an ancient papyrus.

Whoa.

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The only work of fiction ever written by Charlie Chaplin, a dark, nostalgic novella which was the root of his great film Limelight and which has lain unpublished for over 60 years, is being made public for the first time.

Nice!

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One of the favorite gambits of people secretly uncertain about their own taste is identifying some popular book of incontestably lower quality than their own favorites and then running all over the Internet posting extravagant takedowns of it and taunting its fans. Yeah, I’m not crazy about “Fifty Shades of Grey,” either, but I’m not going to invest that much energy in proclaiming this sentiment to the world. To do so suggests you’re less interested in championing good writing than you are in grabbing any chance to feel superior to somebody else.

That’s kind of an epic burn.

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A statue of Charles Dickens will be erected this weekend in Portsmouth, UK, in honor of the great writer’s 202nd birthday.

The statue goes up against the author’s wishes, or at least against something he once said when he was alive.

I’m sure he doesn’t care now.

 

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