L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Literature’s evolution has reflected and spurred the growing complexity of society. By Julie Sedivy Reading medieval literature, it’s hard not to be impressed with how much the characters get done—as when we read about King Harold doing battle in one of the Sagas of the Icelanders, written in about 1230. The first sentence bristles with …

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The surprising forces influencing the complexity of the language we speak and write. Nautilus Julie Sedivy “[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] and [to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station [to …

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In defence of the much-maligned reference book. The Outline B.D. McClay Photo by Zoonar RF / Getty Images. As reference books go, the thesaurus, these days, is one step up in respectability from the rhyming dictionary. To use one is to betray something embarrassing about yourself. To be accused of using one is to be …

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Feminist scholars have done the hard work of recovering women writers, but we’re not there yet. Far from it. Anne Boyd Rioux Two of the books on many of the best-of-2015 lists were written by women who died in virtual obscurity, Clarice Lispector in 1977 and Lucia Berlin in 2004. The republication of their stories …

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