Critical Linking for July 27th, 2015


We asked the BuzzFeed Community to recommend their fave underrated horror books. Here are the spooky results.

A whole bunch of new-to-me titles on this list of 23 Underrated Horror Books. 


The project, called Poddit Hole Holidays, is an idea by West Stow Pods to create the hobbit home in Suffolk, England, complete with two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and a living room. And that’s just one aspect of it — visitors will also get to walk around the natural woodlands in the area, take part in a Middle Earth guided tour, and even play some archery.

I guess it’s like cosplay for your life.


Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine is many things in the literary world: powerful lyric essay, award-winning poetry collection, searing cultural touchstone on race. And now, thanks to the Fountain Theatre, Citizen is branching out to new territory: the stage. This weekend, previews begin of the stage adaptation of Citizen: An American Lyric in Los Angeles; opening night is August 1.

Good interview about what should be a powerful production.


In the wake of the superflus and cataclysmic events, male writers tend to jump to that unholy trinity of rape, murder and cannibalism. (Although not necessarily in that order; see Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.”) There’s an elegant, streamlined logic to this kind of narrative: Eyes on the prize and the prize is survival. What’s curious is that female writers take an overwhelmingly different — and interior — view of the same landscape.

Do women take on dystopia differently than men? A strong case that they do.

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