Posts filed under ‘Reading’

May 15 2017
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This is your brain on poetry

This is your brain on poetry

New York Magazine published an article on May 11 titled, “This is what happens to your brain when you read poetry,” and it’s fascinating. Writer Cody Delistraty breaks down the findings of a recent study at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics which concludes that people probably experience poetry in a different way than they do other art. Researchers were looking for evidence that participants felt a “chill” while listening to poetry read out loud to them….

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Sep 29 2015
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Deep reading pleasure: How we get it, and how we don’t

Deep reading pleasure: How we get it, and how we don’t

Annie Murphy Paul recently wrote an article for Mind/Shift called “The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading,” and I was initially conflicted about it. “’Deep reading’”—as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the web—is an endangered practice, one we ought to take steps to preserve as we would a historic building or a significant work of art,” Paul says. But I’m reading this article on the Internet; she published it…

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Jul 23 2015
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News from the world of books and writers

News from the world of books and writers

It’s been an eventful summer for books and writers. Here are a few big stories in the literary world: There is controversy (again) over Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Have you read Go Set a Watchman? I have not, yet. The narratives playing out in the media raise interesting questions about authors and their intentions both before and after publication. Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch recoiled at his racism…

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Jul 02 2015
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Summer reading: Making picks and keeping track

Summer reading: Making picks and keeping track

I’ve blogged a good bit recently about reading, and the importance of making time for it. Reading is a leisure activity, but for writers, reading is also part of the work of writing. “Summer reading lists” are all the rage when the weather turns warm. Rather than blog another list of books that I’m getting ready to dive into, I thought I’d provide a list of some online tools to help you keep track of…

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Jun 18 2015
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Perfect bound or e-reader—what’s your pleasure?

Perfect bound or e-reader—what’s your pleasure?

I have hundreds of books, possibly more. They spill onto every surface of my home. And I’ve never once considered trading them in for a Kindle or Nook. Not that I wouldn’t own a Kindle or Nook; I would, I just don’t have one yet. I don’t think owning books or e-readers needs to be mutually exclusive. I could see myself taking a Nook on a trip, because it takes up less space in a…

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May 13 2015
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Making time to read

Making time to read

For as long as I can remember, reading has been one of my absolute favorite ways to spend time. I would devour books as an adolescent, and by high school, I was reading beyond what was assigned in English classes and writing extra papers out of sheer love of talking about books. In college, I read widely, taking advantage of exposure to more diverse material that hadn’t been available to me in a small town…

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