Critical Linking: November 22nd, 2013


Clearly, Meyer’s sentence variety is lacking compared to Collins and Rowling. But in her defense, repeatedly starting sentences off the same way doesn’t mean the prose is bad—it just means it’s repetitive. Hemingway uses the same 50 openings (“There was a,” “He did not”) in 5.3 percent of all sentences in The Sun Also Rises.

Digging this statistical analysis of the language of these mega-popular series.


So here’s the thing: out of all your wizarding students and house elves and headmasters and Death Eaters and muggles and centaurs, there is really only one person who determines the course of the Harry Potter series.

It’s Neville Longbottom.

I love Neville, but this is a…..stretch.


“We had one shot where one of our tributes is killed at the cornucopia, and we had to move where the arrow hit him, from one part to another part,” she told Vulture. “It used to hit him in the face, and now it hits him in the chest. But it was really pretty minor, all things considered.”

Apparently, this was the difference between Catching Fire getting a PG-13 rating rather than an R rating. What a weird system we have.


That collection, it turns out, includes audio and video recordings of more than 10,000 events, going back to 1949, among them, not only the classical music recitals and chamber concerts that have long been a mainstay of the Y’s arts programming, but also literary events — readings by Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Vladimir Nabokov and Susan Sontag — and pop performances by Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, the Shirelles and others.

A brainy rabbit-hole this will be. The 92nd Y has the toppest of top shelf arts programming.



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