Critical Linking: August 30, 2013


Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s first Nobel prize-winning poet since WB Yeats, has died aged 74 in hospital in Dublin after a short illness, his publisher announced this morning. Heaney won the Nobel prize for literature in 1995 and was celebrated for his many collections of poetry during his lifetime.

Always sad to see a great go, but boy did he stuff his years with beauty.


Between 1916 and 1925, the University of Mississippi—which Faulkner attended for three semesters before dropping out in 1920—paid him for drawings published in the university newspaper Ole Miss and its humor magazine The Scream. The drawings, like that of a dancing couple at the top, show the influence of jazz-age art-deco graphic illustration as well as that of English illustrator and aesthete Aubrey Beardsley (who gets a name-check in Faulkner’s 1936 novel Absalom, Absalom!).

William Faulkner… deco illustrator?


According to a new report from PlayCollective and Digital Book World, 27% of children who read digitally do so primarily on a Kindle Fire versus 20% who do so on an iPad. That’s flipped from about eight months ago, when a similar report showed that 22% of e-reading children read on an iPad versus 20% for the Kindle Fire.

I wonder why this would be….maybe parents are more comfortable ceding the Fire, which is considerably less expensive than even the iPad mini, over to kids for awhile.


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