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To understand the struggles of bookstores, you don't have to look at numbers. Here, Nicola DeRobertis-Theye tells of a g...
03/15/2022
Coming of Age in a Struggling Berkeley Bookstore

To understand the struggles of bookstores, you don't have to look at numbers. Here, Nicola DeRobertis-Theye tells of a great store on a main street, across from a ginormous university, in a town of intellectuals, but "most undergraduates had never heard of us," and even other bookstores in town didn't recognize the name.
https://lithub.com/coming-of-age-in-a-struggling-berkeley-bookstore/

The bookstore where I worked for four years was named University Press Books. Its name appeared on a large sign above the door, but perhaps slightly too far above, because only about half of the pe…

“Women’s voices are not being heard. Women are more than half our culture. If half the adults in our culture have no voi...
03/12/2022
Why Are So Many Men Still Resistant to Reading Women?

“Women’s voices are not being heard. Women are more than half our culture. If half the adults in our culture have no voice, half the world’s experience is not being attended to, learned from, or built upon..."
https://lithub.com/why-are-so-many-men-still-resistant-to-reading-women/

All of us—to a greater or lesser extent, and often without realizing ​it—tend to expect less of women, listen to them less attentively and feel uncomfortable with them in positions of authority. Bu…

"Children in every demographic group have been affected, but Black and Hispanic children, as well as those from low-inco...
03/11/2022
It’s ‘Alarming’: Children Are Severely Behind in Reading

"Children in every demographic group have been affected, but Black and Hispanic children, as well as those from low-income families, those with disabilities and those who are not fluent in English, have fallen the furthest behind." Terrible, and not surprising.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/08/us/pandemic-schools-reading-crisis.html

The fallout from the pandemic is just being felt. “We’re in new territory,” educators say.

Writers on Substack: "Notably, when Substack launched a media campaign for its literary programming in late 2021, they d...
03/10/2022
"My Own Little Fiefdom": Why Some Famous Novelists Are All About Substack

Writers on Substack: "Notably, when Substack launched a media campaign for its literary programming in late 2021, they didn’t have a single high-profile female novelist to their name; today, that still remains true."
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a39369153/novelists-on-substack-trend/

But the success of their migration depends on whether—or not—the social Internet can function like a writing workshop.

On the legacy of Shirley Hughes.(The author gets extra credit for writing "homed in" rather than "honed in.")https://www...
03/09/2022
How Shirley Hughes explored the dramas of children’s lives in a changing world

On the legacy of Shirley Hughes.
(The author gets extra credit for writing "homed in" rather than "honed in.")
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/05/shirley-hughes-explored-the-dramas-of-childrens-lives-in-a-changing-world-michael-rosen

The author and illustrator behind the Alfie and Dogger series thrilled parents and grandparents as well as the young, writes former children’s laureate Michael Rosen

Let's also arrest parents for providing harmful food to kids! And school cafeteria workers! After all, poison the body, ...
03/08/2022
House GOP backs criminal charges for librarians lending "harmful" books to kids

Let's also arrest parents for providing harmful food to kids! And school cafeteria workers! After all, poison the body, poison the brain, right?
https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/politics-government/2022-03-07/house-gop-backs-criminal-charges-for-librarians-lending-harmful-books-to-kids

House Republicans overwhelmingly approved of criminally charging librarians who knowingly expose minors to “harmful materials.”

According to Matt Bell, the best advice for starting to write a book is the same as what hitting coaches tell baseball p...
03/07/2022
Don’t Overthink It: The Argument For Just Starting to Write

According to Matt Bell, the best advice for starting to write a book is the same as what hitting coaches tell baseball players. (Wait, does anyone remember baseball?)
https://lithub.com/dont-overthink-it-the-argument-for-just-starting-to-write/

You are writing a novel. You are writing a book. You might be reading this with a blank page in front of you, or with a partial draft already under way. In either case, you might find it helpful to…

"Video games are influenced by more traditional forms of storytelling, but also influence storytelling back. And tracing...
03/07/2022
Are Video Games Like Novels? - JSTOR Daily

"Video games are influenced by more traditional forms of storytelling, but also influence storytelling back. And tracing their history uncovers some unusual ways that video games have played with conventional ideas of fiction."
https://daily.jstor.org/are-video-games-like-novels/

Video games as interactive storytelling? Maybe not at first glance, but as Eric Hayot explains, the interplay between game and narrative is real.

"To write about artistic mystery is as mysterious as the art itself": Elizabeth Strout in conversation with #elenaferran...
03/07/2022
‘I felt different as a child. I was nearly mute’: Elena Ferrante in conversation with Elizabeth Strout

"To write about artistic mystery is as mysterious as the art itself": Elizabeth Strout in conversation with #elenaferrante.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/mar/05/i-felt-different-as-a-child-i-was-nearly-mute-elena-ferrante-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-strout

The author of the Neapolitan quartet and the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist discuss identity, ambition, truth – and the ‘convulsive’ urge to write

A biography of Milton that emphasizes the darkness and the difficulty: "the real question isn’t just ‘was it normal?’ bu...
03/06/2022
The Radical Potential of Milton in “Making Darkness Light”: An Interview with Joe Moshenska

A biography of Milton that emphasizes the darkness and the difficulty: "the real question isn’t just ‘was it normal?’ but ‘what does it mean for something like that to be normal?’"
https://chireviewofbooks.com/2021/12/14/making-darkness-light/

Oxford Professor of English Literature Joe Moshenska has done something arguably long overdue in Milton studies. Approaching the Olympian of English letters from a mix of new historical and reader-…

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