Critical Linking for July 23rd, 2015


Whether you’re brave, loyal, clever, or a little bit of everything, this quiz will help you find out what fictional protagonist best fits your personality.

This quiz to determine which book protagonist you are gave me the boy who lived. What about you?


To prepare for the French Scrabble world championship, recently held in Louvain, Belgium, Richards studied the French Scrabble dictionary for about eight weeks. So thoroughly did he internalize it that he could pull out words like anatrope (a plant biology term) and enouât (the third person of the imperfect subject of énouer, to untie knots) when he needed them. He even at one point challenged a word used by an opponent, ozonides (ozone derivatives), correctly noting that the proper French term was ozonures.

But his French skills begin and end within the game.

Qu’est-ce un patron.


Yet a moment later, Le Guin came around. “As you get old as a woman, you do lose certain inhibitions,” she said. “It’s just like, ‘Oh, what the hell? I’m an old woman, and who listens to old women?’” As she so often does in conversation, Le Guin paused and began to laugh, in a sort of gentle bemusement with the universe’s curious ways. “On the other hand,” she added with a smile, “it gives you a sort of freedom.”

I could read profiles and interviews with Le Guin all day long.


The classic children’s author died on Sept. 24, 1991 at the age of 87. At the time, his widow, Audrey Geisel, was renovating their home in La Jolla, California, outside San Diego, and placed some of his work in a box. Years later, in 2013, she and his long-time assistant, Claudia Prescott, decided to have his drafts and sketches in the box appraised and discovered a project that would become his 46th book.

I’ve got to say, authors don’t seem particularly meticulous about keeping track of unpublished books just laying around.

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