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Interesting Things I’ve Read Recently: 3/21

March 21, 2014

Twitter, journalism, private lives, public speech (via Slate)

 The new, virtual man on the street doesn’t even need to be aware of a reporter’s existence in order to turn up on a highly trafficked news source with name, photo, and social media contact information embedded. It’s the journalist’s “right” to reproduce these public statements, sure. But our rights are expanding radically, while our responsibilities to our sources are becoming more and more optional.

Harsh Early Reviews of 20 Classic Novels (via mentalfloss). I expected to find The Catcher in The Rye on this list, but was surprised at the specific commentary.

New York Herald Tribune Book Review said “Recent war novels have accustomed us all to ugly words and images, but from the mouths of the very young and protected they sound peculiarly offensive … the ear refuses to believe.” 

Seriously? The profanity is the problem, and not the fact that Holden’s a whiny little jerk?

How to Remember More of What You Read (via Lifehacker). Read it aloud, try to picture it, repeat… these pieces of advice seem facile, and I can’t tell whether it’s because they are or because they’re reminders of simple and important things to do.

Schrödinger’s Cat Speaks
is a strange and haunting comic by Helen Craig and Shing Yin Khor. I think I need a hug.

I haven’t had a chance to read either of these yet, so stashing them here to save for later:

The History of American Women Through Books (via YALSA) – a roundup of YA historical fiction set in America.

The History of British Women Through Books (via YALSA) YA historical fiction, set in Britain.

More I haven’t had a chance to read yet: Catagator’s Links of Note is an excellent roundup of several key threads running through YA discussion recently, and some really interesting YA genre reading lists that emphasize diversity.

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