Links: 29 May 2013

1. An interesting way to run a news network: an insider at Fox.

2. Writer Lydia Davis wins Man Booker prize, but causes consternation as to how to classify/categorize her writings. Perhaps categorization is overrated?

3. A reminder of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose style. I’m not sure I’d agree with Kerouac’s idea now as much as I did when I was younger, but I still do like the idea of prioritizing a natural, idiosyncratic flow of an author’s words over the idea that every text should (or could) be perfected.

4. “Why do I teach?” by New York Times blogger Gary Gutting.

5. An overview of many songs created, performed, and/or produced by Nile Rodgers.

6. John McWhorter’s response to David Brooks’ simplistic word-usage-reveals-thinking-and-social-trends column.

7. Ta-Nehisi Coates on race as a social construct — an idea — rather than a reality.

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