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Sara Maitland's top 10 books of the forest - The Guardian

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The Guardian Sara Maitland's top 10 books of the forest

 

About four years ago I realised that ancient woodland gives me the same frisson of terror and delight that traditional fairy stories do. A remarkable number of people seem to share this feeling. I wanted to work out what was going on, so I went into the woods and revisited the old fairytales – especially those by the Brothers Grimm. And what became clear to me was that the stories were imaginatively rooted in our northern-European origins as people of the forest.

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Tales Of Immigration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities' - KWIT

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Tales Of Immigration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'
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For many writers, the migrant's journey is a storytellers' dream. The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and inherent literary drama. While trains and planes become the mundane means of transportation for most travelers, those trips can herald life-changing transformations for a migrant remaking his or her life through that journey.

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Real Fakes: The Challenges of the Fictional Artist - Hazlitt Magazine

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Real Fakes: The Challenges of the Fictional Artist

Hazlitt Magazine

 

Almost all fiction requires some measure of nuanced world building, of course, but fictitious art has its own criteria: settings and characters may be drawn from whole cloth, but if the talents and passions of the created world’s inhabitants (and the fruits of such) feel contrived and inferior to those of our own, the fictitious can simply seem fake.

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Was Sherlock Holmes based on a real person? - History

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Was Sherlock Holmes based on a real person?

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective with the knack for solving crimes through observation and reason was modeled after Dr. Joseph Bell, one of Conan Doyle’s medical school professors. Conan Doyle, born in Scotland in 1859, studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and went on to work as a physician in England while writing fiction in his spare time. “A Study in Scarlet,” his first novel featuring Sherlock Holmes, debuted in 1887. Conan Doyle eventually published a total of four novels and 56 short stories starring the London-based sleuth, whose keen observation skills were based in part on those of Joseph Bell.

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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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1984 and our modern surveillance society - ABC Online

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1984 and our modern surveillance society
ABC Online

 

Mass surveillance is now a part of our social, economic and political lives—governments and companies snoop on us like never before. But are we really heading toward an Orwellian future? Antony Funnell investigates.

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Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language - The Guardian

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Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language

 

From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters are so memorable that they leap from fiction into the dictionary. Take an alphabetical tour of the origins of some of our most familiar – and not-so-familiar – literary eponyms

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Harry Potter and the Battle Against Bigotry - Pacific Standard

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Harry Potter and the Battle Against Bigotry
Pacific Standard

 

Sure, Harry Potter destroyed the evil Lord Voldemort. But, aside from making lots of money for book publishers and film studio/theme-park conglomerates, what has the wizard done for us lately?

 

In fact, he has been helping to reduce prejudice.

 

That’s the conclusion of research just published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. It finds that, among young people, reading J.K. Rowling’s book series—and, crucially, identifying with the lead character—can reduce bias toward stigmatized minority groups.

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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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'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

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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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