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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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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