Critical Linking: February 1, 2015

Booker Prize winner Anne Enright has been appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at a ceremony in Dublin.

Man, I need to read some Enright.


The critics of Oxford’s modest revisions to a small dictionary—the book in question is aimed at seven-year-olds—make a convenient reductive leap: that adding “broadband” while deleting “acorn” is a sure sign that the human race is going to the “devil” (subtracted) while holding an “MP3 player” (added).

This kind of dictionary-centric hand-wringing boggles my mind. We use different words differently as time passes. Get over it.


Simon Pulse announced today that it will publish a new young adult superhero trilogy written by Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds), Margo Lanagan (The Brides of Rollrock Island), and Deborah Biancotti (A Book of Endings). In a press release, Simon & Schuster shared the title and synopsis for the first book, Zeroes, out later this year. 

New YA trilogy from a powerhouse of the genre (marketing area? Never sure what to call “YA”).

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