Around The Web: Literary Misconceptions, Trailblazing Women Writers, and Pixar Storytelling

22 May 2020

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I hope you’ve had a good week and that you’ll enjoy today’s collection of bookish content from around the internet. Read on for a fun video on literary misconceptions, a look at women writers changing language, an essay on Pixar and storytelling, and some thoughts from a concerned librarian regarding re-opening.

 

 

Literary Misconceptions

Image: Universal Pictures, Wikimedia Commons

 

What do Frankenstein’s assistant, Jane Austen’s anonymity, and Sherlock Holme’s catchphrase have in common? They’re all parts of common literary misconceptions. They’re also all discussed in a misconceptions video from Mental Floss.

 

 

How Women Writers Changed Language

Image: BBC Culture

 

The BBC recently looked at how women writers have changed the English language by creating new words, perhaps giving you some inspiration for coining your own.

 

 

A Pixar Theory

 

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that some of you have watched a few animated movies during this social distancing period. If you’re not sick of them yet, or need a new perspective, take a look at this essay from Electric Lit that discusses how Pixar movies are about how we tell stories.

 

 

Librarian Safety

 

It seems that here in North America there’s lots of talk of re-opening businesses. In fact, here in Ontario, we’ve started phase one of re-opening, which includes bookstores. This comes as a relief to many readers, but I wanted to share this piece by a librarian so that we’ll all remember that real people are working in bookstores and libraries, and we need to be mindful of the health and safety of these folks too.

 

 

 

I hope you’re well, and see you next week!

 

 

 

 

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