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What Makes Dickens a Lousy Running Buddy? - Wall Street Journal

What Makes Dickens a Lousy Running Buddy? - Wall Street Journal | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
What Makes Dickens a Lousy Running Buddy? Wall Street Journal

 

Some scientists are leaning into the idea that running and reading don't necessarily mix well. "When you do two things at once there is always a cost," says Daniel Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia who researches the impact of multi-taking on the brain. Though the runner may not realize it consciously, his or her mind constantly switches back and forth between the two tasks—a ping-pong effect that might even be hazardous to a runner's health.

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The Ache to Interpret: Literature, Science, and Seeing Again

The Ache to Interpret: Literature, Science, and Seeing Again | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
To make analytical writing and literature relevant to my students, I ask them to name some of the most profound discoveries in math and science. They easily call out Galileo’s pronouncement that the Earth rotates around the sun, Darwin’s theory that humans evolved from a spark in the water, and even Janna Levin’s recent assertion that the universe is indeed finite. I then ask students to consider what made these discoveries so enduring. My students inevitably determine that these findings were shocking: they unsettled everything that most people took for granted; they emerged from creativity and imaginative freedom from previous intellectual and religious confines. This activity helps students who don’t consider themselves writers realize that scientists do not tap into a robotic or a rote mode that is the antithesis of subjectivity and interpretation. They value the strange, the fantastical, the unique perspective as one of the most profound resources for upending what it means to be human.
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President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen

President Obama says novels taught him how to be a citizen | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In a second live public interview with novelist Marilynne Robinson, the US premier says fiction helps us to find truth in a complex world

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5 Reasons You Should Be Reading African American Literature

5 Reasons You Should Be Reading African American Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In the month of February, Americans place a special emphasis on the achievements and history of black Americans, or Americans of African descent. Each year, …
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Life as We Write It

Life as We Write It | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The author on what evolutionary science can teach us about art and literature, his enduring interest in Nabokov, and why a good joke never dies.
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Erin Roux Explores the Degendering of Children's Book Titles

Erin Roux Explores the Degendering of Children's Book Titles | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Non-Binary Children’s Book Titles Breaking Boundaries by Underground Contributor Erin Roux The next edition of the Oxford Dictionary is possibly adding in an alternative to the Ms., Mr. and Mrs. titles: Mx., for those who don’t identify with male, female, or even the idea of being labeled by their marital statuses. But before we are…
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Why Read the Classics?

A classic does not necessarily teach us anything we did not know before. In a classic we sometimes discover something we have always known (or thought we knew), but without knowing that this author said it first, or at least is associated with it in a special way. And this, too, is a surprise that gives a lot of pleasure, such as we always gain from the discovery of an origin, a relationship, an affinity. From all this we may derive a definition of this type: The classics are books that we find all the more new, fresh, and unexpected upon reading, the more we thought we knew them from hearing them talked about.
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Kazuo Ishiguro Has a Brilliant Response to People Who Think Genre Fiction Doesn’t Matter

Kazuo Ishiguro Has a Brilliant Response to People Who Think Genre Fiction Doesn’t Matter | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

If a primary task of fiction is to explore the human experience—who we are and what we mean to each other—then the fantastic and unreal must surely be key elements in that exploration.

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Andy Jones Recommends Three Unconventional Love Stories | Bookish

Andy Jones Recommends Three Unconventional Love Stories | Bookish | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Typically, relationships follow a certain order: love, marriage, baby carriage (as the droll rhyme goes). But in Andy Jones’ debut novel, The Two of Us, two characters find that their road to love is anything but ordinary. After a blissful 19 days of dating, Ivy learns that she’s pregnant. She and Fisher decide to move in together and raise the baby, but things get complicated quickly. In honor of his unconventional love story, Jones has shared three of his favorites and what they teach readers about that crazy little thing called love.
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Top 10 books for the broken-hearted

Top 10 books for the broken-hearted | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
If Valentine’s Day is an unwelcome reminder of what has become of your love life, you can find solace at the bookshop. Here are 10 literary highlights for the lovelorn
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Whodunnit Best: 5 Best Historical Mystery Movies - Signature Reads

Whodunnit Best: 5 Best Historical Mystery Movies - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

We tapped Michael Murphy to weigh in on the best historical mystery movies of all time.

 

From my experience, different elements make a mystery novel and a movie mystery successful. A mystery novel is mostly plot driven, filled with twists and red herrings. A movie mystery should be visually captivating with a charming, intelligent though sometimes flawed detective and a believable plot.

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Homer Meets High-Tech: Data Visualization and the Classics

Homer Meets High-Tech: Data Visualization and the Classics | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
One teacher spiced up "The Iliad" with data visualization, inspiring middle school students to take a fresh look at narrative, themes, characterizations, and methods of fact-based inquiry.
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How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature

How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
while class disparity manifests in all sectors of society, for those who seek careers in literature, class differences have a huge impact on who gets hired and who gets published. This, in turn has a real effect on the portrayal of class in literature, and in media depictions of the writer’s life.
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What Kind of Literature Lives on the Dark Web?

What Kind of Literature Lives on the Dark Web? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Depending on who you ask, the “Dark Web”—the Internet’s mysterious undercurrent accessible only through specialized software—is either a libertarian utopia or a criminal hellscape run by cryptoanarchists trading stolen bitcoins. Now it’s more than either. As of January 2016, it’s also a vehicle for publishing literary magazines.
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I had no idea. . .

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Jewish Kidlit Awards - Multicultural Kid Blogs

Jewish Kidlit Awards - Multicultural Kid Blogs | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A look at the most recent award-winning Jewish kidlit books for all age groups that will captivate Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike.
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Kate McLoughlin on War Writing, a Five Books Interview

Kate McLoughlin on War Writing, a Five Books Interview | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
What are the key works of war writing? The Oxford Professor and poet chooses her five.
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Why literature is a vital tool for teaching students about equality

Why literature is a vital tool for teaching students about equality | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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Mary-Catherine Harrison's curator insight, February 13, 9:43 AM

"Talking about characters makes a tricky subject accessible; we talk about the character and the situation first and then relate it to real life and our own experience."

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Tales of exile and of home: Iranian diaspora in literature

Tales of exile and of home: Iranian diaspora in literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Author Sanaz Fotouhi looks at Iranian fiction in English, and chooses four favourites
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Who Pays Writers? | Dissent Magazine

Who Pays Writers? | Dissent Magazine | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In Barth’s day, a robust welfare state supported writers. Public patronage programs provided new classes of Americans with the resources needed to write and, through financial support, enabled them to take aesthetic risks. The upshot was a more diverse literary world—racially, politically, and aesthetically.


But times have changed. No longer supported by the state, today’s writers must meet market demands. Those who succeed often do so by innovating no more than is necessary. Many of today’s most celebrated writers marry experimentalism with accessibility; they produce prize-winning fiction with just a dash of formal excitement, enough to catch the eye of cultural gatekeepers but not so much that it renders a work unmarketable.

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Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels to Get 32-Episode Series - Signature Reads

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels to Get 32-Episode Series - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Elena Ferrante’s best-selling quartet of novels, The Neapolitan Novels, will be brought to the small screen by Fandango.

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I've got the first of the quartet lined up on my Kindle app.

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I’m Done With African Immigrant Literature

I’m Done With African Immigrant Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
African Literature cannot move forward if we celebrate themes that are centuries old. More explicitly, African Literature cannot move forward with the most celebrated authors writing about Europe.
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A ‘Native Son’ Film Version, Now Complete and Unfiltered

A ‘Native Son’ Film Version, Now Complete and Unfiltered | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Restored to its original 107 minutes by the Library of Congress — using an international version discovered in El Archivo General de Puerto Rico, with additional material from a 16-millimeter Argentine print, for a total of 16 extra minutes — the full “Native Son” has its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday.
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The Millions : Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections

The Millions : Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In the age of memoir, essay collections are a tough sell. Like short story collections, books of essays seem destined to be sampled rather than appreciated start to finish. That is a shame. Good essay collections are performances: multiple acts of form and function, threaded together with theme. I have always loved the fiction of Andre Dubus, but it was not until I read Broken Vessels and Meditations from a Movable Chair that I began to understand the mind and heart behind the stories. This is not to say that essays serve an ancillary function, but rather that essays contain the inevitable need to require a point — either one orchestrated by the writer, or one imbued by the reader.
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Film and academic psychology: the power of cinema

Film and academic psychology: the power of cinema | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
As the psychologist Gordon Allport observed back in the heyday of Technicolor, the cinema’s “standardised daydream”, its unending programme of swooning romances and barroom brawls, was a hotline to “the deeper, less social portion of the spectator’s unconscious life”. And this, of course, is precisely why Samuel Goldwyn had been so keen to meet with Meister Freud.
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We Are At Risk of Losing Serious Readers

We Are At Risk of Losing Serious Readers | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Everyone agrees that establishing reading pleasure early in a child’s life is a monumental achievement (and you do it, the pediatricians say, with books, not with screens); and everyone also agrees that the gap between those children who grow up loving books and active conversation and those who don’t—with troubled school performance and restricted career opportunities likely for those who don’t—is a gap that gets set early and may be hard to close. Hard, but of course not impossible. It can be done in grade school and middle school. But what about high school? How do you establish reading pleasure in busy, screen-loving teenagers—and in particular, pleasure in reading serious work? Is it still possible to raise teenagers who can’t live without reading something good? Or is that idea absurd? And could the struggle to create such hunger have any effect on the character of boys and girls?
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