Literary Linking: February 6 – 10

This week’s articles cover topics including Haruki Murakami’s & Charles Dickens’ food writing, a judge who believes in the power of literature, and more!

My favorite bookish links from the week of February 6 – 10:

Haruki Murakami’s Metaphysics Of Food
Murakami writes intricate plots with an extremely high level of emotional intelligence, but no matter how fantastical his stories are, his characters remain relatable, and food provides the balance between surrealism and normalcy. He weaves food into his stories in a mundane way that communicates the deep-seated reasons of why, how, and what we eat.”

Lessons About the iPhone, Courtesy of a Depression-Era Children’s Book
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and other classics by Virginia Lee Burton capture a bias in the way people look at technological innovation.”

It Was The Best Of Fries, It Was The Worst Of Fries: Charles Dickens, Food Scribe
“If you’re searching for a tasty glimpse into Victorian victuals, the novels of Dickens will satisfy your craving. He generously sprinkled vivid images of food into his books, often describing the most minute details of a character’s meal.”

Teenagers Who Vandalized Historic Black Schoolhouse Are Ordered to Read Books
“After five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse in Virginia with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti last year, a judge handed down an unusual sentence. She endorsed a prosecutor’s order that they read one book each month for the next 12 months and write a report about it.”

Rereading Is Here! Let’s Say It Again. Rereading Is Here!
“Rereading is such a core part of many of [Goodreads’] readers’ lives that having a better way to keep track of the times you’ve read a book has been your number one feature request. Starting today, that wish has been granted…”

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