The U.S. Has a New Poet Laureate: Critical Linking, June 15, 2017

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Tracy K. Smith grew up in a house lined with books, an eclectic library that included dime-store mysteries, 19th-century novels, science fiction paperbacks, Shakespeare’s sonnets and Reader’s Digest Abridged Classics. It seemed vast to her as a child, but soon she’ll have full run of the world’s largest library: On Wednesday, Smith was named the new poet laureate of the United States.

Many congrats to Tracy Smith!


After three seasons of satirical, speculative storytelling on the small screen, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is making the jump to the written word. Brooker will edit three volumes of novellas – in “high-tech ‘paper’ format”, as he quipped – that will be written by different authors, with the first due in February 2018, the second later that year and the third in 2019.

Here come the nightmares…


Danielle Macdonald, the breakout star of Sundance movie Patti Cake$, has booked her next starring role.

The Australia native will star opposite Jennifer Aniston in comedy-drama Dumplin’. The film, helmed by The Proposal and Step Up director Anne Fletcher, is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 YA novel that follows Willowdean Dickson (Macdonald), who was given the nickname “Dumplin'” by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston).

Eep! Another book I have to read before the movie comes out.

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