Literature in the Real World
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Is literary reading just for teachers and elites?
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Know Thyself. Everything in Moderation.

Know Thyself.  Everything in Moderation. | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it

This photo is of the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece,  one of the most sacred sites in Ancient Greek life.  Rulers sent emissaries to the site to hear the pronouncements of the Oracles, who answered the questions of those who came in the cryptic voice of the God.   I think we use literature as a way to answer the unanswerable questions about life.  And that's what I am collecting here. 

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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
More proof that readers of fiction are a very special breed.
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Tottenville Review » Blog » Story Theory: Confessions of a Literary Darwinist

Tottenville Review » Blog » Story Theory: Confessions of a Literary Darwinist | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
A new review of books focused on debuts, translations, and all works that would otherwise go undetected. It is a collaborative of authors, translators, and reviewers bound by one purpose: to contribute to the dialogue of literature.
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Dana Gioia: Why Reading Matters

Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, visited Zócalo to discuss arts education. Something happens, he says, when an individual activel...
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This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times

This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
The way people talk about their pasts reveals a lot about how they approach and write the future.

 

Makes a strong case for the "story-centric" nature of our brains.

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Good Novels Don’t Have to Be Hard Work

Good Novels Don’t Have to Be Hard Work | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
If there's a key to what the 21st-century novel is going to look like, says novelist Lev Grossman, this is it: the ongoing exoneration and rehabilitation of plot.
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The unbearable rightness of fiction

The unbearable rightness of fiction | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
In his forceful new book, Milan Kundera argues that we need the novel to understand the "ineluctable defeat called life."...
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Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Why literature matters

Poet Dana Gioia leads the NEA and has done a lot to create "room" for reading, poetry, and literature in the "real world."

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C.S. Lewis on Why We Read

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How great books both change us and make us more ourselves.

"A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another," Rebecca Solnit wr
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Four Reasons Why You Should Read Literature - Lifehacker Australia

Four Reasons Why You Should Read Literature - Lifehacker Australia | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
You can probably remember the feeling of discontent that came when you were assigned literature to read in school. It’s hard to find the desire ...
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Presentation Zen: Robert McKee on the power of story

Presentation Zen: Robert McKee on the power of story | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it
As children we were naturally good at telling stories about events or topics that mattered and learning from others via their stories, but as we became older we were taught that serious people relied only on presenting information and "the...
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Staging the Self: 'The Hunger Games'

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An analysis of the trilogy and its relationship to the pastoral tradition.
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Adam Gidwitz explains how Bruno Bettelheim's ideas influence is writing for children

It's worth it to read the first chapter of The Uses of Enchantment, even if just to argue about it. 

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Reading in a Digital Age

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Notes on why the novel and the Internet are opposites, and why the latter both undermines the former and makes it more necessary...
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Staying awake: Notes on the alleged decline of reading—By Ursula K. Le Guin (Harper's Magazine)

Staying awake: Notes on the alleged decline of reading—By Ursula K. Le Guin (Harper's Magazine) | Literature in the Real World | Scoop.it

My favorite author (here a bit curmudgeonly) calls out Dana Gioia and the NEA's original 2004 survey. 

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Jago_final.pdf

Carol Jago's take on the issue, specifically on the benefits of writing about literature (GASP!? why?) 

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Kim McCollum-Clark's comment, January 3, 2013 10:53 AM
Same here! Click on the Jago_final.pdf title for the article!