Monday Sharing: Some Thinkers’ Thoughts on Literature & Academe Today

Happy Monday on the most Monday of all Mondays.

This is going to be another quick post but here are a few literary articles that I’ve found interesting in the last few months. They are all from the last two years and span a variety of topics.

My hope is that they might get you thinking and back into the groove of work or school for the week. If you are anything like me, this weekend swallowed you up and getting back to work is feeling like an insurmountable task. Here we go:

What it means to be Relatable

Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker laments the “scourge of relatability” in art. She is not wrong.

Commodifying Literature and Forgetting its Real Value

On the Paris Review blog, Sadie Stein quips about our obsession with literary trinkets and the impact of these tokens on true escapism. Why do we insist on carrying pro-book totes? Does this really make us more sincere readers? I’d say no, but I can’t help but love my Jane Eyre tee and Beatrix Potter stuffed animals… am I horrible?

Why Academia needs emotional, passionate women 

Ever wax nostalgic about an old research project? Or feel you’ve put your heart and soul into a paper? You also aren’t wrong. The Guardian’s Karen O’Donnell puts forth an argument for why emotions and passion are essential ingredients for strong research. Here’s a sneak peek:  “When you know your idea will be attacked, you put forward the smallest, most defendable idea you can. In contrast, accepting passion and emotion as essential to good research would encourage creativity and bravery in the academic world.”

What the College kids are reading

NPR gives readers a glimpse into the college realm in a higher ed article  listing the books assigned to incoming freshmen cohorts around the country. Did you read any of these as an undergrad? These books are meant to spark discussion and challenge assumptions across campus, do you find them stirring?

Language informs consciousness-we know this

This brief narrative life of an inside joke from the Paris Review reflects the way quick phrases stick with us, bond us together, and ultimately inform our collective consciousness. Though this little article feels cute, it also presents to its reader the beautiful significance of the simple.

I hope you survive this Monday and that these articles might help ease you into another week!




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