Critical Linking: April 28th, 2015


Put your literary knowledge to the test with a literary quiz using trivia tidbits about seven classic books. Can you name them all?

I’m always a sucker for literary quizzes, like this literary IQ test. How did you do?


The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary hosts at the group’s annual gala on May 5, adding a new twist to the continuing debate over the publication’s status as a martyr for free speech.

I think you can defend free speech without having to celebrate all speech. Tricky issue.


Playwright and poet Federico García Lorca was arrested and killed on the orders of rightwing military authorities in Granada, according to newly released documents that shed light on the death of one of the highest-profile victims of the Spanish civil war.

Even though this has long thought to have been the case, still jarring to see it confirmed.


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