Hedgehog versus fox: how do we tell the story of the novel?

Three critics attempt to make make sense of the slippery lifespan of the realist novel, with occasionally illuminating and often chaotic results.

New Statesman | Hedgehog versus fox: how do we tell the story of the novel?

English: Southern White-breasted Hedgehog, Eri...
Southern White-breasted Hedgehog, Erinaceus concolor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Does Poetry Matter?

“Poetry is the weak sister of its sibling arts,” writes David Orr in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, which is dedicated to contemporary poetry. Orr argues that every tool – including celebrity writers – could be used in the effort to persuade us to appreciate the form. But can it be done? Can poetry ever regain its relevancy?

Does Poetry Matter? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

Poetry Books
Poetry Books (Photo credit: chillihead)

 

 

Feminist author subjected to ‘vile sexist and anti-Semitic abuse’ over her book

Laurie Penny
Laurie Penny (Photo credit: Internaz)

Rape fantasies and pictures of dead children were coming faster than I could block individual users. In the end I had to step away from the internet, which was a pain because I need the internet to work.

Laurie Penny: Feminist author subjected to ‘vile sexist and anti-Semitic abuse’ over her book – People – News – The Independent.

Bad Arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments that all students should be familiar with is available free online.

A wonderfully digestible summary of the pitfalls and techniques of argumentation. I can’t think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.—Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of the
Data Arts team at Google

Shakespeare blamed for skin conditions’ stigma

The article from The Guardian begins with a photo of this year’s Falstaff by the Royal Shakespeare Company which I saw with the students of  Dr Jansen’s ‘Shakespeare at Stratford’ course.

Shakespeare blamed for skin conditions’ stigma. A poxy idea? | Books | theguardian.com.

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New landmark The new tower forming part of the redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre complex in Stratford upon Avon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)