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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Second Thoughts On Rewriting

AL Kennedy, The Guardian

The virtues of reworking, taking apart, breaking down, questioning, exploring, forgetting and losing and finding and remembering and generally testing your prose until it shows you what it needs to be.

The Year In Corrections

Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

This year’s winner is without question amusing — not to mention embarrassing for the news organization the published it — in that it demonstrates a certain amount of cultural/musical ignorance.

The year in corrections, typos, and unintended humor, as collected by Regret the Error.

Are Classics Classy? The Roman View

Mary Beard, The New York Review of Books

What is a “classic”? Is it simply (as Frank Kermode, I think, once put it) an old book that we still read? Or is there something a bit more sinister to the whole idea? An old book you feel you ought to have read? Or is it more casually serendipitous: An old book you have rediscovered and want to share with the world? And what does a “classicist” (in the Greek-and-Latin sense of the word) have to contribute to the debate?

Can Anybody Make A Movie For Women?

Daphne Merkin, New York Times

Nancy Meyers makes movies in which the middle-aged woman always triumphs. Is this what women want?

By Heng-Cheong Leong