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Poetry Sales Skyrocket: Critical Linking, March 27, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by The Black Book by James Patterson.

Poetry book sales have gone up by more than 50% in four years, while there are now more than 30 annual events devoted to celebrating spoken and written verse.

Now Nottingham has joined the boom. Early next month the city will host its first spring poetry festival, moved to April following the launch of a books festival in the autumn.

Poetry is making a comeback!

There’s a reason Beale [aka Vox Day] made a cover that looks exactly like Scalzi’s, and it’s not to ride his coattails. This is all part of Beale’s longstanding feud (or obsession) with Scalzi, who hasn’t shied away from criticizing him in the past. Beale has long considered himself Scalzi’s literary rival, even though they’re on completely different levels of success.

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Vox Day continues to be weird and sad.

Ricci’s latest project is no exception: She plays Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in Amazon’s biographical series Z: The Beginning of Everything. Zelda was known for her beauty and high spirits — her husband said she was the first American flapper — but she also struggled with mental illness and alcoholism.

Why yes I am going to watch Christina Ricci play Zelda Fitzgerald.

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