Critical Linking for September 9th, 2015

 

Can You Identify The Classic Novel From Its Original Title?

This quiz asking you to guess the classic novel from its original title is the kind of thing we should have kids do in school. Learning is fun.

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At that time, Garcia Marquez was a journalist who had come to New York to work for the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, and over time he became a close friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, but the agency’s “motivation in monitoring him is unclear,” the Post reported.

At this point, I just assume that the FBI had a 100-page dossier on anyone even remotely interesting.

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But now a Scottish couple are taking the idea to a new level by becoming the first in the UK to commission their own wedding novel. As Emily Fletcher, a former racing driver from Edinburgh, was making plans for her wedding to fiancee Graeme Crossley, she came up with the idea as an alternative to a wedding video.

Wedding bloat is real.

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And if you’re upset because I put gay characters and a gay protagonist in the book, I got nothing for you. Sorry, you squawking saurian — meteor’s coming. And it’s a fabulously gay Nyan Cat meteor with a rainbow trailing behind it and your mode of thought will be extinct. You’re not the Rebel Alliance. You’re not the good guys. You’re the fucking Empire, man. You’re the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire. If you can imagine a world where Luke Skywalker would be irritated that there were gay people around him, you completely missed the point of Star Wars. It’s like trying to picture Jesus kicking lepers in the throat instead of curing them. Stop being the Empire. Join the Rebel Alliance. We have love and inclusion and great music and cute droids.

Wendig’s STAR WARS novel Aftermath is getting heat because it has gay characters. Apparently, we aren’t safe from homophobia, even in a galaxy far, far away.

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