Saturday quick reads

As you bask in the sun or rest from shoveling snow . . .

– I am usually wary of essays that start with things like “Posterity hasn’t had much trouble knowing what to do with Emily Dickinson” (really?  I’ve read a lot of feminist criticism, and it seems like the opposite is truer), but hey, it’s about Emily Dickinson.

The Economist with a trifle on music.

– How should you teach The Merchant of Venice to contemporary college students?  A reflection on Shylock, the historically contingent nature of reading, and the pleasures of education from a university professor.

– Do you like no-fi Boards of Canada dancehall pop?  Yeah?  Well then get on Washed Out.  He rules.



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