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The Reading Habits of Millennials, the Competitive Job Market for Creative Writers, and More | Daily News | Poets & Writers

The Reading Habits of Millennials, the Competitive Job Market for Creative Writers, and More | Daily News | Poets & Writers | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
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David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
David Foster Wallace long ago warned about the cultural snark that now defines popular culture. It's time to listen
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Three Dimensions by Jen Bervin

Three Dimensions by  Jen  Bervin | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Jody Gladding on translation, the sources of language, and how beetles can speak of longing.
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Are most novels too long?

Are most novels too long? | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
The author Ian McEwan has criticised the long lengths of some books, saying: 'Very few really long novels earn their length. My fingers are always twitching for a blue pencil.' His latest book, The Children Act, comes in at 55,000 words.
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'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell - Boston Globe

'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell - Boston Globe | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Boston Globe 'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell Boston Globe It is a book about God and grand designs, a genre-hopping, gender-bending book that feels like a rewriting of Virginia Woolf's “Orlando,” incorporating Julio Cortázar's occult tool kit...
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David Mitchell's 'Bone Clocks' revisits story lines of 'Cloud Atlas' - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David Mitchell's 'Bone Clocks' revisits story lines of 'Cloud Atlas' - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
David Mitchell's 'Bone Clocks' revisits story lines of 'Cloud Atlas' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Half way along our journey to life's end I found myself astray in a dark wood," admits one of Mitchell's protagonists — invoking the opening of Dante's...
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Seamus Heaney, John Clarke and the poetry of being Irish - The Australian

Seamus Heaney, John Clarke and the poetry of being Irish - The Australian | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Seamus Heaney, John Clarke and the poetry of being Irish The Australian This was beautifully expressed by Seamus Heaney, an Ulsterman, in the poem Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, a beautiful composition, as well as an acute psychological and...
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The Nihilistical: Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers

The Nihilistical: Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Before "37 Totally Awesome Lemurs," before "23 Things Every Who Grew Up in Knows" and before everyone became obsessed with  rules for writing according to revered authors, there was Friedrich Nietzsche and a simple listical he wrote to  friend. The famous ponderer of nihilism and morality, in a series of letters from August 1882, laid out his thoughts on writing to his unrequited love, Lou Andreas-Salomé. The list reads: 1. Of prime necessity is life: a style should live. 2. Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. (The law of mutual relation.) 3. First, one must determine precisely “what-and-what do I wish to say and present,” before you may write. Writing must be mimicry. 4. Since the writer lacks many of the speaker’s means, he must in general have for his model a very expressive kind of presentation of necessity, the written copy will appear much paler. 5. The richness of life reveals itself through a richness of gestures. One must learn to
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Virginia Woolf's Idea of Privacy

Virginia Woolf's Idea of Privacy | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
The artist’s privacy preserves the melodies otherwise drowned out by words, stories, and information.
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The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne

The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Stassa Edwards explores Charles Darwin's photography collection, which included almost forty portraits of mental patients given to him by the neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The study of these photographs, and the related correspondence between the two men, would prove instrumental in the development of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), Darwin's study on the evolution of emotions.
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David Foster Wallace, mathematician

David Foster Wallace, mathematician | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
He's long been celebrated for his fiction's grotesque hyperrealism, but few acknowledge its bold use of fractals
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I had absolutely no idea but it explains a lot!

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Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Thoughts on navigating the open sea of knowledge.

For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborat
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The best mixtapes in fiction

The best mixtapes in fiction | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to listen to a song mentioned in a novel? Now you can enjoy ‘fictional’ mixtapes, as authors have begun creating their characters’ playlists for their readers to listen to
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Fun!

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Margaret Atwood's new work will remain unseen for a century

Margaret Atwood's new work will remain unseen for a century | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Novelist says it is 'delicious' to be first contributor to the Future Library, which will compile 100 texts for publication in 2114
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From riot grrrls to “Girls”: Tina Fey, Kathleen Hanna, Lena Dunham and the birth of an inspiring new feminism

From riot grrrls to “Girls”: Tina Fey, Kathleen Hanna, Lena Dunham and the birth of an inspiring new feminism | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
The Web's not perfect, but it has helped produce an amazing new generation of writers, activists and stars
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The Facebook-ification of everything! Sex, authenticity and reality for the status update era

The Facebook-ification of everything! Sex, authenticity and reality for the status update era | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
We broadcast ourselves everywhere: Facebook, Tinder, Twitter. Is all this updating and right-swiping changing us?
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The 100 best novels: No 50 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

The 100 best novels: No 50 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925) | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Woolf's great novel makes a day of party preparations the canvas for themes of lost love, life choices and mental illness Continue reading...
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The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
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This is a slight correction to the existing theories rather than something alltogether new, but it is still interesting.

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Lyrical Impulse

Lyrical Impulse | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
The author on crafting new sounds, creating female characters, and portraying sex in literature.
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Female characters are not role models. Hopefully, they are people. That nails it I guess.

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When We Read Fiction, How Relevant Is the Author’s Biography?

When We Read Fiction, How Relevant Is the Author’s Biography? | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Thomas Mallon and Adam Kirsch discuss whether knowing about an author’s life deepens or detracts from the pleasures of reading fiction.
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Literature gloom mirrors economic misery, study finds

Literature gloom mirrors economic misery, study finds | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
Research into use of 'mood words' by Bristol and London universities registers depressed spirits in 1920s, 40s and 80s
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Now why does this make me smile? :)

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators | Linguistics and literature | Scoop.it
The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work
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I really like this essay, which ranges from writers over writing, touches psychological differences between women and men, slaps the school system and is above all a perfect ruse for procrastinating! :) 

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