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Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

According to studies published by Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, those who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and are more able to understand opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own.

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I probably would have ended the title after "People" :)

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Read Sticks by George Saunders

Read Sticks by George Saunders | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Read the story Sticks from George Saunders' Folio Prize winning book, Tenth of December... Sticks Every year Thanksgiving night we flocked out behind Dad as he dragged the Santa suit to the road an...

Via Sharon Bakar
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I greatly admire George Saunders's work. If you've not read him yet, here's a sample.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:56 AM

This story is so short, but heartbreaking. A nice little taster of Saunder's work.

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18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

Via Sharon Bakar
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Oh my....

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Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:31 AM

I love a great Book store..

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Writing The Perfect Flaw - Writingeekery

Writing The Perfect Flaw - Writingeekery | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Are you writing your characters with the right flaws?
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This may seem obvious but it's actually core to understanding your characters and advancing the plot. Excellent, thought-provoking post by MJ Bush. 

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KindredReaders's curator insight, March 18, 2014 11:43 AM

This may seem obvious but it's actually core to understanding your characters and advancing the plot. Excellent, thought-provoking post by MJ Bush. 

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George Saunders becomes first winner of UK's newest literary prize

George Saunders becomes first winner of UK's newest literary prize | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
American writer wins £40,000 Folio prize for 'darkly playful' short story collection Tenth of December

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One of my favorite writers. If you've not yet read George Saunders, you are a child who has not yet tasted chocolate. I'd recommend starting with Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, then The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Oh, heck ... read 'em all!

 

 

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, March 10, 2014 10:12 PM

And now Saunders wins the Folio prize.  Well deserved!!

This is also another very hopeful sign that the short story is in very good health - able to compete against novels on an even playing field.

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Interactive Chart Tracks The Narrative Structure Of "The Hobbit"

Interactive Chart Tracks The Narrative Structure Of "The Hobbit" | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Turning Tolkien into bar charts might seem crude but it could suggest a way to increase reading.
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Interesting data visualization methodology that tracks the emotional trajectories of and interactions among characters. This isn't 100% but it's enough to get you thinking about additional ways of quantifying what makes a story resonate with readers.

 

On the other hand, I can't help recalling Wordsworth's line, "We murder to dissect."

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Stories at Booktrust

Stories at Booktrust | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

Short stories for you to download for free.


Via Sharon Bakar
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Excellent quality stories plus writing tips and more. Another great site deserving of a bookmark.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:14 PM

Some excellent short stories on the Booktrust website here for you to enjoy for free.

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The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013 | Brain Pickings

The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013 | Brain Pickings | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
A library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativity.

Via Garry Rogers
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Not sure why humans are so drawn to these "Best of..." lists but one of these books is sure to have the answer. 

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, December 11, 2013 12:42 PM

It's that time of year.

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What Is The Future Of Literature?

What Is The Future Of Literature? | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, I tell my students. Books will probably be gone in a decade, though if we ask politely we may be permitted to keep the ones we already own; après nous le deluge.

Via Sharon Bakar
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Spoiled for choice, I'd say.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:28 PM

A very nicely written and balanced piece.

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Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

Writers and critics on the best books of 2013 | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen, Mohsin Hamid, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Malcolm Gladwell, Eleanor Catton and many more recommend the books that impressed them this year

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19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors

19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago, it was impossible for most of us to listen to JRR Tolkien read Elvish or see Zelda Fitzgerald grin at a camera or hear an inebriated Hemingway shout about pigeons.


Via Hadifah, Limerick Writers' Centre, Sharon Bakar
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A wonderful way to procrastinate.

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Flannery O’Connor on Why the Grotesque Appeals to Us, Plus a Rare Recording of Her Reading “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

Flannery O’Connor on Why the Grotesque Appeals to Us, Plus a Rare Recording of Her Reading “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

On why we read: There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. 

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I love this quote: "Of course, I have found that anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic."

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Listen to 15 Literary Icons Reading Their Own Work

Listen to 15 Literary Icons Reading Their Own Work | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Jeffrey Eugenides, James Baldwin, Dorothy Parker, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank O'Hara, Zadie Smith, William Foster Wallace, Joan Didion, Saul Bellow, and Marilynne Robinson

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You had me at Flannery O'Connor. There goes my evening!

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KindredReaders's curator insight, February 25, 2014 4:00 PM

You had me at Flannery O'Connor. There goes my evening!

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How augmented reality builds bridge between games and children's books

How augmented reality builds bridge between games and children's books | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

Via The Digital Rocking Chair, Carlos Pinheiro
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The future is now! 

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These 11 Apps Will Help You Finally Finish Your Novel

These 11 Apps Will Help You Finally Finish Your Novel | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Jonathan Franzen, everyone's favorite literary grump, once said, "It's doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction." We understand what he's getting at: If you're embarking on the daunting and t...

Via Ruth Long
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I think I'll be checking out SelfControl ... I could use a little more of that!

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The joy of literary destruction: Writers who broke all the rules - Salon

The joy of literary destruction: Writers who broke all the rules - Salon | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Salon The joy of literary destruction: Writers who broke all the rules Salon But there is something about Mailer's voice that I have always loved—not the voice of the fiction, which often strikes me as crude and undeveloped, but the sinuous,...

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Sometimes it's helpful to take a step back and consider the power of literature.

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The 13 Best Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013 | Brain ...

The 13 Best Children's, Illustrated, and Picture Books of 2013 | Brain ... | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
A library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativity.

Via Travis Jonker
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I'm at that awkward age -- no longer a child, no children in the house -- yet still, several of these went on my TBR pile. Who can resist My First Kafka? (Although I think The Hole looks even more existential;)  

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Paris Review – Best of the “Best”

Paris Review – Best of the “Best” | Books and Literature | Scoop.it

Via Sharon Bakar
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The distilled version of the 20 best "Best of" lists.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:23 AM

Cheat list - the best of the best of lists. This year's essential reading.

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Top 10 books of the year

Top 10 books of the year | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
The Washington Post’s choices for the five best fiction and the five best nonfiction books of the year.

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Particular Ways of Being Wrong - The Millions

Particular Ways of Being Wrong - The Millions | Books and Literature | Scoop.it
Particular Ways of Being Wrong

The Millions

 

Most writers would assert that certain philosophical obsessions consume their work, even if expressed in different ways. One of the pleasures of reading through an author’s oeuvre is to trace the way, say, Ian McEwan’s “malevolent intrusions,” as noted by Zadie Smith, play out again in and again in different settings and times and with different characters. This is not the same thing as writing the same novel over and over but a testament to the fact that some ideas might preoccupy a writer for a lifetime. This is the beauty of art: the intersection of our own particular way of being in the world with the way the world is.


Via Mary Daniels Brown
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This is true of many writers of literary fiction. We have questions that require examination -- whether they can be satisfactorily answered is immaterial. I actively seek out writers who explore their "pet" themes in unique and innovative stories that surprise and delight, but I feel cheated when an author asks the same question in numerous books through essentially the same character in the same situation. 

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Mary Daniels Brown's curator insight, November 26, 2013 3:43 PM

Insight about the process and product of literary book reviewing