Reading Addict

I Can Read 8 Books Overnight. . . How about a Real Challenge? by Laura Raphael

When I was working at the Memphis Public Library a decade ago, I envied the Tulsa City-County Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program. Why didn’t we have something similar, to support adults in their reading goals?

The Nightly News, Show and Tell, and Julianne Garey's Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Nick Abrahamson

It is often difficult for me to read fiction in a vacuum; undistracted by the implications of the outside world and current events, focusing solely on the text as simply an authorial work.  Academics would couch my baggage, bringing outside contexts that have seemingly little to do with the actual work, as a post-structuralist symptom.  That is the inability of authors to separate themselves from the social structures of their daily lives; thus fiction is neither solely imaginative nor autobiographical but a byproduct of everything we’re exposed to and internalize.  Very highfalutin, I kno

Discovery by Rebecca Howard

I discovered the last couple of books I’ve read quite by accident.  More accurately, I discovered them the way that I once did—before I read so many books reviews and had such a long list of items on request from the library.  I browsed.  Browsing for fiction can be a daunting task, and I fully understand how people can be thoroughly overwhelmed at the prospect of finding something they will enjoy.  Books are arranged by author, after all, not their characteristics.  Readers’ Advisory guru Nancy Pearl has even suggested a pie chart method labeling books, so that potential readers could see

The Human Invention by Laura Raphael

Take a moment to appreciate how very difficult it is to read this sentence.

Well, not specifically that sentence, but every sentence. Cognitive scientists will tell you that it’s a monumental task to learn how to read even just one WORD of a sentence. You have to look at random, complex, squiggly marks on a page, identify the letters as representing sounds, and then translate those sounds into a word that makes sense. And you have to do it quickly, automatically, or risk losing the meaning completely.

A Fairy Tale of New York by Nick Abrahamson

It would be too easy, too dismissive, to say Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale is about New York City.  It is set in New York City.  It is about New Yorkers.  But similar to Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin,

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