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Speaking Volumes - New York Times

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Speaking Volumes New York Times

 

For most of human history, literature was transmitted orally from storyteller to listener. In theory, therefore, a book read by an actor or an author should feel like the most natural thing in the world

 

In reality, the book-length recitation turns out to be a very tricky medium. A good reader can lift a mediocre book above its station. A bad reader can ruin a masterpiece. And there are all kinds of variation in between: A so-so book rich with incident and characters can delight, while a good book can be good in the wrong ways, with sumptuous, tightly written sentences that make it almost impossible to stick with, especially for listeners who are driving, or making dinner — which is to say, most of the intended audience.

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Why binge-watching is bad for you (sometimes) - Toronto Star

Why binge-watching is bad for you (sometimes) - Toronto Star | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
New research says it feeds depression and loneliness. Or is that just a northern winter? Just try to take a binge break.

 

The good news: It’s probably not the worst way to while away a winter weekend. The bad news: It’s not the healthiest of habits, and might even influence our worldview if the shows are dark and depressing.

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William Gibson's new novel melds cyberpunk with vision of dystopian near-future - Sydney Morning Herald

William Gibson's new novel melds cyberpunk with vision of dystopian near-future - Sydney Morning Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

In his latest novel, The Peripheral, Gibson brings the two aspects of his career together. The Peripheral's central conceit is that communication is possible between a distant post-apocalyptic future where one can inhabit peripherals (organic androids) remotely and communication occurs through live feeds beamed directly into one's visual cortex and a near future of 3-D printing, high-tech gaming and a social disintegration. He has a good deal of fun estranging us from not one, but two science-fiction worlds, an impressive achievement.

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.

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Marja Oilinki's curator insight, January 24, 11:44 AM

Tasapainoinen artikkeli siitä, miten lukeminen on muuttunut digiaikana, ja siitä, miksi tarve pitkittäistutkimuksille on suuri. Tutkimusnäyttö ei ole ristiriidatonta, ei myöskään yksilöiden kokemukset. Itse alan olla jo sangen taitava digilukija, koska olen harjoitellut paljon, ja pystyn keskittymään sekä välttämään internetin houkutuksia yhtä hyvin (tai huonosti) paperikirjaa kuin digitaalista tekstiä lukessani. Syventyvän lukemisen taitoa on harjoiteltava, oli väline sitten mikä hyvänsä.

 

Keinoja, jotka voivat auttaa esimerkiksi aloittelevaa digilukijaa, annetaan tekstissä: muistiinpanojen teko käsin, lukeminen offline-tilassa, tietoinen hidastaminen ja sen tajuaminen, että ymmärtäminen vaatii aikaa ja paneutumista. 

 

Pidän erityisesti siitä, että Anne Mangen pyrkii etsimään syitä ja näyttöä eikä vain vahvistamaan omia ennakkoluulojaan.

 

Mukana on monia tuttuja usein siteerattuja tutkimuksia mutta ainakin minulle myös uusia, kiinnostavia tuloksia. Esimerkiksi pelaajien parempi kyky käsitellä digitaalista tekstiä kuulostaa oikeastaan aika luonnolliselta, mutta en olisi osannut sitä arvata.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, Today, 12:39 PM

Interesting article. In my own experience, I found it true that I comprehend better when I read in print rather than online. This is backed up by lots of research -- which the article notes. 

 

What is interesting about this article, is that it isn't so quick to draw conclusions as to WHY. It isn't just print good - online bad.

 

And I love that it notes this: "Interestingly, Coiro found that gamers were often better online readers: they were more comfortable in the medium and better able to stay on task."  See Mom? The gaming isn't all bad. : )

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, Today, 12:40 PM

Looks at the WHY - not just a print good - online bad article.

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Seattle City of Literature will have center on First Hill - CHS Capitol Hill Seattle

Seattle City of Literature will have center on First Hill - CHS Capitol Hill Seattle | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Seattle's quest to become an International "City of Literature" will have a home on First Hill. The Sorrento Hotel announced Wednesday that a new "book-filled conference room at the hotel, where re...
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Genre Apocalypse - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Genre Apocalypse - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
When literary categories collide, where does that leave readers?

 

During the second half of the 20th century, the literary universe was a simple binary: good/bad, highbrow/lowbrow, serious/escapist, literature/pulp. Like Bohr’s atomic solar system, that model has lost its descriptive accuracy. We’ve hit a critical mass of literary data that don’t fit the old dichotomies. Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Lethem are among the most obvious paradigm disruptors, but the list of literary/genre writers keeps expanding. A New Yorker editor, Joshua Rothman, recently added Emily St. John Mandel to the list: Her postapocalyptic novel Station Eleven is a National Book Award finalist—further evidence, Rothman writes, of the "genre apocalypse."

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Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia booklist | Reading Agency

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia booklist | Reading Agency | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

 we launch the latest Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, to support people with dementia and their carers. The new scheme builds on the existing Reading Well Books on Prescription programme, which already helps over 275,000 people with common mental health conditions feel better through self-help reading.

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The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction

The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

There are thousands of classic opening lines in fiction—A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison come to mind—but often the most well-known are not always the best. First sentences, of course, have different functions—to amuse, to frighten, to mystify—and the mechanics a writer uses to achieve this connection vary from genre to genre. In looking for the best opening lines, we took all of this into consideration. What follows are the 50 best. These are the sentences that say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.

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Murder most British: Why the fascination? - Christian Science Monitor

Murder most British: Why the fascination? - Christian Science Monitor | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

How did the British population become so fascinated by untimely deaths? Lucy Worsley, chief curator for several of the Britain’s top attractions, including the Tower of London, has some answers. She explores the question in her new fascinating, morbid, and eerily enjoyable book The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Tom Eliot — a very practical cat. Did TS Eliot simply recycle every personal ... - Spectator.co.uk

Tom Eliot — a very practical cat. Did TS Eliot simply recycle every personal ... - Spectator.co.uk | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Reviewing Robert Crawford’s Young Eliot, Daniel Swift suspects that the poet’s genius has been over-explained and over-simplified

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Helen Macdonald: the six books that made me

H Is for Hawk, which has won the Costa book of the year, portrays a writer in urgent dialogue with the natural world. Which were the books that opened her eyes to nature?
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Amatesiro Dore: Why Nigeria has not produced a writer worth reading since 1960

Amatesiro Dore: Why Nigeria has not produced a writer worth reading since 1960 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
by Amatesiro Dore

 

On the mountaintop I discovered that writers are not born and writing is not a talent. It is a chore undertaken by choice. I am a writer because I read literature, learn techniques, hone my voice, develop literary skills by re-writing drafts, sit and never leave the room until the work is done. Where we set our stories or mould our characters does not make the writer. We need to stop promoting places that can’t produce writers and shame them for what they are—the heart of darkness.

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An impassioned plea from someone describing a situation most of us probably can't even imagine.

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Does Fiction Need to Become Less ... Fictional? - Newsweek

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Does Fiction Need to Become Less ... Fictional?
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Lots on the literary horizon for spring - Philly.com

Lots on the literary horizon for spring - Philly.com | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
They say the book is declining. But reading isn't. And anyone who loves reading is going to have a really good time this spring. From the Mafia to the Wright Brothers, from punk rock to Alfred Hitchcock to hawks to the cosmos, nonfiction offerings in the next six months will satisfy any hungry mind. And the season's imaginative fiction just teems, with great mysteries, Gothic novels, and new work from Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Jane Smiley.
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My History: A Memoir of Growing Up by Antonia Fraser review – from ‘feral’ to fairytale heroine

My History: A Memoir of Growing Up by Antonia Fraser review – from ‘feral’ to fairytale heroine | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Antonia Fraser had, by her own account, an enchanted childhood, so much so that when she heard the bells of Magdalen College again more than 60 years later, “wonderland once more returned”. She dreamed she was the heroine of a fairytale, “the beggar girl (intensely beautiful) who, armed with a first-class degree, wrote bestselling books”. It was standard stuff for a girl growing up in Oxford whose father was a don at Christ Church, but not all dreams come true as emphatically as this one.

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Poets, detectives, literary criticism drive scholar - The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Poets, detectives, literary criticism drive scholar - The Edwardsville Intelligencer | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Charles Berger grew up with books. He said that he doesn’t remember a time when he was without them during his childhood in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

 

“When we actually think about what we are reading then we are employing some model of interpretation because that guides us to what we focus on,” Berger said. “You can take a book like ‘The Great Gatsby,’ for example, which is so central to people’s reading experience, to their experience of 20th century literature and culture. Sometimes you can just give yourself to the story, but then when you start looking at the role of the narrator, you think of the narrator as a particular character, you think about a characters who seem to be at the margin of the story, but, when you think about the work more theoretically, they may move closer to the center.”  This, according to Berger, is applying critical theory to the literary text. “Every time we read we are practicing critical theory when we stop to think about the meaning of what we have read. It is easy to submerge yourself into a narrative and be carried away by the story and the beauty of the writing, but when you stop to think about the themes and the meaning of the piece, then you are practicing critical theory.”

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Paula Hawkins’s Journey to ‘The Girl on the Train’

Paula Hawkins’s Journey to ‘The Girl on the Train’ | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
“The Girl on the Train” may have benefited from a wave of popular and unconventional suspense novels that have eroded the already thin boundary between literary fiction and thrillers. Ms. Hawkins joins the ranks of a new generation of female suspense novelists — writers like Megan Abbott, Tana French, Harriet Lane and Gillian Flynn — who are redefining contemporary crime fiction with character-driven narratives that defy genre conventions. Their novels dig into social issues, feature complex women who aren’t purely victims or vixens, and create suspense with subtle psychological developments and shifts in relationships instead of procedural plot points and car chases.
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Why popular culture is mad for medical fiction

Why popular culture is mad for medical fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Critics have suggested, as Ann Jurecic notes that this interest in illness is, like the “misery memoir”, another fashion. Illness is this decade’s hot literary topic, or an academic fad. But I would disagree. When the Wellcome Trust, the foremost funding body in the history of medicine, hosts a series of public exhibitions and their own book prize, I think it’s clear that this is a trend which is well entrenched in the public sphere.

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'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century - KPBS

'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century - KPBS | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Stories of women dressing and posing as men dot the journalistic landscape of 19th century America — and Great Britain — according to Sarah Nicolazzo, who teaches literary history at the University of California, San Diego.

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"This genre of narrative was already a popular one by the beginning of the 19th century," Nicolazzo says. "Readers of newspapers, novels, pamphlets and other print forms clearly found this kind of story compelling and there was a long history of demand for it."

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From Gatsby to Darcy: the top 10 liars in fiction

From Gatsby to Darcy: the top 10 liars in fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Nick Lake, author of There Will be Lies, selects his favourite fictional tricksters and tellers of untruths in books
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A Photographer's Response to the Lack of Women in Our Literary Canon - Slate Magazine (blog)

A Photographer's Response to the Lack of Women in Our Literary Canon - Slate Magazine (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

One might almost feel the need to whisper while talking about Carrie Schneider’s portraits of women reading, but, to Schneider, the inspiration behind the photographs is something worth screaming about.

Throughout her life, Schneider has been keenly aware of the lack of women represented in the canonization of art and literature, a point raised in Linda Nochlin’s 1971 historical text “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Motivated by that work, as well as through discussions with friends and colleagues and a criticism published on Slate about lopsided coverage of major book reviews, Schneider wanted to work on a series that spoke to this discrepancy.

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On War and Fiction: Movies Like American Sniper Provide Our 'Facts' and Understanding of Our Wars - City Watch

On War and Fiction: Movies Like American Sniper Provide Our 'Facts' and Understanding of Our Wars - City Watch | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

The power that fiction holds in influencing viewer’s real-world decisions is one that should not be taken lightly when concerning issues of war—especially at a point in U.S. history when Americans feel increasingly vulnerable to international threats.

 

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13 Life Lessons On Being A Total Boss From Literary Anti-Heroines - Bustle

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When I need some encouragement to be a better self-advocate, or maybe just a little inspiration to stand my ground, I look to my favorite anti-heroines for a bit of backbone. Even if I don’t always always exactly agree with their methods or motivations, I admire the way these literary ladies get the job done. Bold, brilliant, and usually a bit manipulative, they rely on their brains to get by. They’re also the characters who are often ostracized and shunned for refusing to abide by the rules or bend to convention. In other words, these literary anti-heroines are true to themselves above all others. 

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The Old Manse: crossroads of political, literary history - Wicked Local Middleton

CONCORD - Stepping into the Old Manse, visitors arrive at one of the crossroads of local history, a house where political, literary and social revolutions occurred, changing the way Americans live today.


Built in 1770 by a local minister, the three-story Georgian clapboard house still bears the imprints of literary luminaries Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson who lived there, writing articles that still shape how we view our New England past and the natural world.

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15 Things Only Contemporary Literature Lovers Know, Other Than The Fact That Rules Don't Matter - Bustle

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I was a latecomer when it came to loving contemporary literature.
And then, in a graduate creative writing class, a fellow student introduced me to Lorrie Moore. Boom. Doors flew open. Her story “Two Boys” — which deals with sex, gender roles, depression, and melancholy — was like nothing I’d read before. Her mix of breathtaking poetic language and a conversational tone were raw and accessible. The intelligent, self-aware protagonist helped me find liberation from the dead white guys of my past. Suddenly, I felt as if writing was something I could do, as if my opinion mattered.
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A Tourist In One's Own Country: An interview With Simon Sylvester - The Quietus

A Tourist In One's Own Country: An interview With Simon Sylvester - The Quietus | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
It would be hard to resent Simon Sylvester, an affable thirty-four year old who seems almost apologetic that his first novel won the prestigious 2014 Guardian Not the Booker prize. Besides being an edgy supernatural “whatdunnit” about mysterious disappearances on a remote Scottish island, The Visitors is also a meditation on myth, storytelling, growing up, the misery of love, and the act of writing itself – weaving folklore tales about the siren-like “selkies” (seal-people) that ensnare human souls with a nuanced Bildungsroman.
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