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The Scholar's Stage: On Adding Phrases to the Language
One of the more important is best grasped with a question: what now adds phrases to the language? Who has taken the poets place? It is not the novelists; I strain to find any who have added a catch phrase since Heller penned Catch-22. Nor is it the rappers, singers, and rock-stars that many claimed have replaced poetry in popular life. What actually replaced poetry was film
literature  movies  poetry  english 
yesterday by yorksranter
“Complete and in Order”: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Archival Profession, by Caryn Radick
Archival literature has discussed the portrayal of archives and archivists in fiction, but has not offered a reading of a work of fiction with little-to-no overt mention of the archival profession. This article demonstrates the value of looking at such works of fiction through an archival lens by providing an “archival reading” of one famous novel that has been the subject of numerous scholarly articles and books, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although a tale of the supernatural, Dracula’s narrative portrays the importance of recordkeeping, research, and access to and organization of
information. This article considers the narrative and plot of Dracula from an archival perspective, discusses literature about the portrayal of archives and archivists in fiction, and examines how Dracula reflects nineteenth-century trends in organizing information.
The American Archivist Vol. 76, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2013 pp 502–520.
See also the Beehive Books Project, Dracula: The Evidence
Dracula  Horror  Fiction  Literature  Archives  Vampires 
yesterday by dbourn
Harry Potter Timeline
Most of the time, we could use the dates from Wizarding World or the Harry Potter Wiki (many thanks to the folks who help keep both of those sites updated and well sourced) to help fill in the blanks, although sometimes when their dates seemed to conflict with what was presented in the films, we had to take an educated guess. As such, it’s always possible there’s a line or visual clue we missed here and there that would alter one of our listed dates, or a minor event we forgot to include, and of course there are more Fantastic Beasts movies still to come which could — and almost certainly will – alter and add to this timeline. So take this more as a general guide than an irrefutable, all-inclusive roadmap to the Harry Potter series.
Magic  Literature  Fantasy  Fiction  Harry  Potter 
2 days ago by dbourn
Form’s Function - Los Angeles Review of Books
An affordance is therefore a relation between two entities, not a property of any single entity. This means, for instance, that some chairs afford both sitting and lifting for some human agents, whereas others, as Norman explains, “can only be lifted by a strong person or a team of people. If young or relatively weak people cannot lift a chair, then for these people, the chair does not have that affordance.” Still, the concept of affordance is not synonymous with prescribed use. Many affordances add to what Bill Brown calls the “misuse value” of a given object, as when you treat your chair like a ladder.

And yet Levine’s book reminds us, by example, that some of the most audacious work is the least bombastic.

Theoria entails the possibility that one might be able to extrapolate generalizable rules about the world from the experience of a spectacle, and here I am suggesting that there is in The Wire precisely this potential for theorizing the social.
Forms  Literature 
2 days ago by EMPD

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