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rants, raves, and writings by Dylan Kinnett

The Print Preferences of Digital Natives

Aa recent study suggests that college students prefer to read textbooks in print, as opposed to reading them electronically. Some responses to this finding have pointed out that this preference have more to do with resale value than with media preferences.

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Writing Instructor Rants

A few days ago Ryan Boudinot’s published “Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One.” It includes a few incendiary remarks.

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A Day's Work

The Telegraph has a piece this week that declares “These days, writing isn’t a career. It’s a rich man’s hobby.” with conversation and rebuttal at The Passive Voice.

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A Place to Make Poetry

Does it help to understand the working conditions of a writer? Does it change the meaning or value of their work to know about such conditions?

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Best Books of the Century

The BBC asked a group of critics to identify the best books written during this century. The Art of Fiction describes the list that resulted as “anglo-centric” and the Literary Saloon described it as “shockingly monoglot.

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Culture or Content

Maria Popova has a post at Brain Pickings this week that considers Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Against Interpretation” in lights of today’s culture, where the Internet is full of interpretations, increasingly mere reactions, in response to a body of material that is frequently understood as “content” rather than as experience or art.

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Follow the Money

One of the most popular topics of conversation in the literary Internet recently has been a post on Salon entitled, “‘Sponsored’ by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from.

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Free Expression

Satire, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press have become contentious topics during the past few weeks, throughout the literary Internet, and the media in general.

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Proto-Hipsterism

Was J. Alfred Prufrock a hipster, before it was cool to be a hipster, before the word hipster had even been coined? If so, does that make him some sort of great, grand hipster?

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The Library is On Fire

If we’re to regard the Internet as analogous in any way to “publishing” then the Internet will need to have something like a library, so that the published work can be kept safe.

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