Friday Morning LitLinks

Washington, DC remains atop the US’s Most Literate Cities list. (USA Today)

English grammar could probably stand to loosen its tie. (The Guardian)

Katherine Boo has a chat with (The New York Times)

The Telegraph profiles Crime Writer, MC Beaton. (The Telegraph)

Have a peek at some opening lines of books hitting the shelves this week. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Mystery writer, Margaret Frazer, has died. She was 66 years old. Rest in peace. (GalleyCat)

“On this day in 1577 Robert Burton was born. Though diverse enough, the title-page of Burton’s 1621 masterwork does not give much clue to what lies within, and what has made his book such a classic in the uncategorizable category:

    The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is, with all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Several Cures of It. In Three Partitions. With Their Severall Sections, Members, and Subsections, Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up. By Democritus Junior. To Which is Prefixed, A Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse.

If ‘Melancholy’ in the title is replaced by ‘Everything,’ and due emphasis is given to ‘Opened and Cut Up,’ then the description might just stand….” (Today In Literature)

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