Critical Linking: April 7, 2012


How silently the heart pivots on its hinge.

Reading the last sentences of books you will probably never read is oddly compelling.


Where Wallace probably went wrong was in confusing the Greek nomos, meaning “law,” with onoma, meaning “name.” Consider that a variation of onoma was onuma; the switch from omicron to upsilon — the latter of which tends to enter English as a Y — helps form the root “-nym,” as in “synonym,” “antonym,” and “homonym.”

This is what David Foster Wallace can do to people.


“It’s been a whirlwind,” Lewis says over a cup of coffee as his face stretches into a grin behind a salt and pepper beard. “We have more than 200,000 users, 350,000 pieces on the site. That’s probably too much content. We add 1,000 new pieces a day.”

Whoa….that is a lot of teen-penned fiction.


“Practice reading a mixture of different genres, such as news, mystery, novels and non-fiction, to develop your skills at understanding different kinds of writing and their intentions.”

The answer to the “Should you read YA or literary fiction?” question is probably yes.

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