Critical Linking: October 12, 2014

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I want to go to there. And to all these other bookshops.

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Meanwhile, Thomas Love Peacock coined two words, osteosarchaematosplanchnochondroneuromuelous (44 letters) and osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary (51 letters), in his novelHeadlong Hall (1816). The words roughly translate as ‘of bone, flesh, blood, organs, gristle, nerve, and marrow’ and describe the human body, though these haven’t exactly taken on in medical, or indeed literary, circles.

This look at some of the longest words in literature makes me feel a bit illiterate. 

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But the genre has endured and even thrived. “It’s the age of memoirs,” Ms. Salinger said, as self-publishing has made it easier and more accessible to plumb an individual’s past and share it widely. And many do so because they believe memoir writing is therapeutic and revelatory.

The…age of memoirs? Ehhhh.

 

 
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