Critical Linking: March 8th, 2012


“I started blogging about books as a way to reclaim books for myself.”

Maud Newton on the Other People podcast, hosted by Brad Listi.


“Dystopian fiction has been around for a long time, but the success of The Hunger Games has spawned a whole new crop of books set in a grim future where an authoritarian regime is just begging to be overthrown. They are aimed straight at a teenage audience.”

Wait, a runaway success is spawning imitators? I don’t believe it.


“The real work lies in experimenting, or testing the hypothesis. You might begin with, “I think, in ‘Mending Wall,’ Frost is trying to say that people put up walls whether they want to or not.” Okay. That’s a hypothesis. Now experiment. Start at the top and test your hypothesis against what the poem actually says: “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” Check. “We keep the wall between us as we go.” Check. “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out.” Check. “He moves in darkness as it seems to me.” Check.”

No need to make an argument. You just say “check” and you’ve got yourself the meaning of poetry. I love science.


“Here is my prediction for the 20 novels that will be selected on Thursday….”

No one likes literary award speculation more than I do, so of course I love this.


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