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Critic's Notebook: Literature of 1992 LA riots is fragmented - Los Angeles Times

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Critic's Notebook: Literature of 1992 LA riots is fragmented Los Angeles Times "The city burning," Joan Didion wrote in her 1967 essay "Los Angeles Notebook," tracing the line of a more extensive history, "is Los Angeles's deepest image of itself: Nathanael...
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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought - NPR (blog)

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NPR (blog)
Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

 

Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

 

"The theory of the fourth-grade shift had been based on behavioral data," says the lead author of the study, Donna Coch. She heads the Reading Brains Lab at Dartmouth College.

 

The assumption teachers make: "In a nutshell," Coch says, "by fourth grade you stop learning to read and start reading to learn. We're done teaching the basic skills in third grade, and you go use them starting in the fourth."

 

But, Coch's team found, that assumption may not be true.

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For a few writers, Nevada made quite a character - Las Vegas Review-Journal

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For a few writers, Nevada made quite a character

Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

It’s Nevada, which, thanks to its demographic, geographic and cultural diversity, serves as the setting for stories in just about every genre of literature — even if its roster of homegrown authors with widespread literary acclaim is, frankly, a bit shorter than it ought to be.

 

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Ghost Tours at Mark Twain House in Hartford; Will Lady in White Appear? - History - July 2014

Ghost Tours at Mark Twain House in Hartford; Will Lady in White Appear? - History - July 2014 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

"Mark Twain was fascinated by ghost stories," says Courtney. "He loved to tell them. He learned a lot of them from the slaves on his uncle's farm when he was a boy in Missouri. He heard a lot of tales that he would later recount when he went on the lecture circuit, one in particular, 'The Golden Arm.' He joined the Society for Psychical Research in England, which investigated hauntings and seances in a serious, scientific way, or so they felt. He said he didn't believe a word he read but he read every one of their journals cover to cover."

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13 Ways To Fit More Reading Into Your Day - Business Insider

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13 Ways To Fit More Reading Into Your Day

 

Reading is an essential part of my work. It forms an important part to my social life. And far more important, reading is my favorite thing to do, by a long shot. I'm not a well-rounded person.

 

But reading takes time, and there aren't many days when I can read as much as I'd like. Here are some habits that I've adopted to help me get more good reading done.

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Literature to share with tweens and teens: Go beyond today's young adult titles - Christian Science Monitor

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Literature to share with tweens and teens: Go beyond today's young adult titles

 

Much like grown-up book club buddies, families can’t help but learn more about each other as they share literature. Your child may come to appreciate your fascination with plot while you’re delighted to discover that she’s mature enough to really understand metaphor.

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”Ultimately any literature helps us develop key skills we need to navigate daily life,” says Chris Shoemaker, president of Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The classics continue to shed light on current issues, he says. He suggests that George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and his “Nineteen Eighty-Four” – for instance – though written in the 1940’s, are well-positioned for today’s young reader, given the questions they raise about surveillance and totalitarianism. He suggests that students might read and compare them to Corey Doctorow’s contemporary “Little Brother” and see how the themes have endured.

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Some good suggestions for reading couched within a touching story of how a mother nurtured her son's love of reading and of discussing literature. Contains a link to a list of 32 recommended books.

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Reading Through Someone Else’s Eyes - The New Yorker

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the attempt to read a book through someone else’s eyes. Your thoughts triangulate. You wonder, What did person X feel when he read Y’s book?

 

It needn’t be a novel. Maybe it’s a collection of stories, poems, even essays. Somebody you’re interested in—your person X—found this book entrancing. It’s no longer sufficient to know what the author was thinking. Now you want to know what person X thought the author was thinking.

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The Art of Fiction Writing

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I learned how to write fiction by understanding the language of visual art. As an artist, I was trained to capture the nature of my subject by amplifying the qualities that make it distinct or noteworthy. As a fiction writer, I do the same thing.

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Hear Jane Read: Rutgers Psychologist's Research Gives New Meaning to Semantics, Value of Reading Aloud - News from Rutgers

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Hear Jane Read: Rutgers Psychologist's Research Gives New Meaning to Semantics, Value of Reading Aloud

 

 “There are different ways to be a good reader,” explains Graves, who is trying to determine whether a reader’s choice of word meaning vs. word sounds impacts how skilled a reader is, and if it does, why. His findings, as reported, could have applications for developing learning programs for individual readers or tailoring reading therapies for people with brain injuries, or adults struggling with reading who need to “re-learn how to read.” 

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Summer Research: Where Literature Meets Music - Bucknell University

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Summer Research: Where Literature Meets Music
Bucknell University

 

This is how she started studying literary synesthesia, a concept she describes as an evocation of the mixing of the senses.

 

Brown has tied the concept to sound/color synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that causes people to see color when they hear music. Her research has led her to believe that during Dickinson's most productive creative period (1860–1865), she could have been experiencing this type of synesthesia. The time coincides with an eye affliction Dickinson suffered, which led the poet, who rarely left home, to travel for treatment.

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The Truman Show Delusion, and how culture determines 'crazy' - New York Post

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The Truman Show Delusion, and how culture determines 'crazy'

 

The Truman Show Delusion, first described in 2006, written up in academic journals in 2012, and now the subject of a fascinating new book called “Suspicious Minds” by NYU psychiatrist Joel Gold and his brother Ian Gold, a professor philosophy and psychology at McGill University, reveals how intimately culture interacts with madness and mental health.

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John Dolan: from homeless addict to street artist and author

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Aged 10, John Dolan was told a family secret, which set him on the road to crime, addiction and homelessness.

 

Dolan, until recently a homeless heroin addict, is now a "famous artist" as he puts it when he rushes into the Howard Griffin gallery, soaking from the rain. He has a sellout exhibition, a second just opened and a new memoir, which could become a bestseller. As he is well aware, the interest in his intricate drawings of London buildings, and of his dog, George, is piqued by his remarkable change of fortune. This poses two questions: where did it all go wrong, and where did it all go right? The answers, as many people find, are bound up with family.

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Literary treasures abound in rare book store - Rapid City Journal

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Literary treasures abound in rare book store
Rapid City Journal

 

But one step through the door of Van Norman Rare Books reveals a treasure trove of history, literary tales and a collection of rare books accumulated over a lifetime.

 

That green-colored book in the glass display case by the front door? That's a first-print, first-edition copy of "The Theory of the Leisure Class, An Economic Study of Institutions," by Thorstein Veblen. Published in 1899, it's valued at about $3,000.

 

The book next to it? "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," written and signed by Gertrude Stein.

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'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form - Los Angeles Times

'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form - Los Angeles Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
'Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel' conjures a new literary form
Los Angeles Times

 

This is the power of the graphic novel, that it not only tells but also shows us, that by integrating images into the narrative, it draws us into Lena's experience with the force of memory. Ulinich highlights this with her drawing, which merges elements of sketch and crayon into a style that is naturalistic and impressionistic at once.

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The Opposite of Loneliness review Marina Keegan's life cut short

The Opposite of Loneliness review  Marina Keegan's life cut short | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Keegan's posthumous collection of essays and stories shows a prodigious talent already in full bloom

 

When Marina Keegan graduated from Yale in 2012 her CV already boasted internships at the Paris Review and the New Yorker (at which a much-coveted...

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A moving story about a young writer who "died before her time, but she was a writer who demonstrated a gift beyond her years."

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Don’t Read This Book: A History of Literary Censorship

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Three new works concerned with banned literature, from Joyce to Rushdie.
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I hate Ayn Rand — but here's why my fellow conservatives love her - The Week Magazine

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I hate Ayn Rand — but here's why my fellow conservatives love her

The Week Magazine

 

I hate nearly everything Rand stands for. I find her prose unbearable. But I also, unlike Rand, believe in the virtue of empathy, and have decided to apply it to people who like her work. To that end, here are a few different perspectives on why so many conservatives like Ayn Rand.

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When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon? - New York Times

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When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?
New York Times

 

This week, Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.

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Our 8 favourite literary references on The Simpsons - CBC.ca

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Our 8 favourite literary references on The Simpsons

 

While the series may superficially appear to be about a man-childish oaf named Homer and his eccentric family, the episode topics often include sharp, satirical commentary on politics, pop-culture, history, socioeconomics and, yes, literature.

 

To mark the ultimate Simpsons marathon, we're highlighting our favourite hilarious literary references that made their way onto the show in past years.

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Read in preparation for cable network FXX's marathon session of all 552 episodes, August 21-September 1.

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Ranking Cormac McCarthy's Greatest Books

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Trailing Philip Roth by a few months and Toni Morrison by two years, Cormac McCarthy (who turns 81 this weekend) is one of America's greatest and most decorated writers. His cultural stock has rise...


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Excellent list for an excellent author - one of my favourites.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent, Civil Rights Past - WUWM

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent, Civil Rights Past
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As for Iles, he's still focused on figuring out the "why" of things: "All my books are an inquiry into the nature of evil. Why do good people do bad things? Are any human beings completely evil? Do we all have good within us? That's what I'm interested in."

 

And he says Mississippi is a fitting lens through which to view how race shapes the American identity.

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About writer Greg Iles

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'Longmire' helps put Buffalo, Wyo., on the map - Rapid City Journal

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'Longmire' helps put Buffalo, Wyo., on the map

Rapid City Journal

 

Toes were tapping, two-steppers were dusting the dance floor and Rainier beer was flowing freely at the Occidental Hotel, as several thousand literature lovers descended on this central Wyoming cattle town last weekend to celebrate Longmire Days.

 

As in Walt Longmire, a fictitious character created by writer Craig Johnson, a Wyoming rancher-turned-New York Times best-selling author.

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The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that's flourishing online - New Statesman

The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that's flourishing online - New Statesman | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

The Great English Novel is dead. Long live the unruly, upstart fiction that's flourishing online
New Statesman

 

The reason I’m so excited David Mitchell is writing on Twitter is that he’s one of the few authors who really understands how the medium, as well as the message, makes the story.

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Scottish independence: literature and nationalism - The Guardian

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Scottish independence: literature and nationalism

 

Edwin Morgan left £1m to the SNP, JK Rowling has donated the same amount to Better Together. To what extent does Scottish literature point in the direction of going it alone? 

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Advice on setting rules for a book club - Boston Globe

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Advice on setting rules for a book club
Boston Globe

 

Can you recommend a polite way to deal with one member of a 10-person book group who monopolizes the conversation? At our last meeting, “Susan” talked so much about herself that the rest of us were too stunned to interject. 

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A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes - Capital New York

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A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes

Capital New York

 

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A historical look at the significance of the new web site of the venerable magazine "The New Yorker"

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