Miscellany

  • At the Chronicle, Jennifer Howard investigates the state of literary theory in university English departments and finds that while it’s “far from dead,” it’s hardly “a unified kingdom. Theory today is a loose federation of states with permeable boundaries, no universally recognized constitution, and not much in the way of a lingua franca.”
  • A.L. Kennedy, Ali Smith, and other Scottish writers have agreed to contribute song lyrics to an album intended to serve as “a time capsule capturing 2005/2006 in Scotland.” Idlewild, Belle & Sebastian, and Teenage Fanclub are among the bands involved.
  • Manohla Dargis characterizes Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha as “higher-end chick lit,” and calls the film based on it “As the Okiya Turns.” (Via Page Six; thanks to Emma.)

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