Critical Linking: April 17th, 2013


“Home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment, even adjusting for parents’ education, father’s occupational status and other family background characteristics,” reports the study, recently published in the journalResearch in Social Stratification and Mobility. “Growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average, than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books.

Or, put in a way that is actually logical, if a family cares about books and reading enough to have a bunch of books, chances are they kids in that family will do better in school. And this is a surprise to whom exactly?


This first draft of our map gives a sense of the wide scope, in time and space, of the Los Angeles literary scene. Wander over the map and you’ll find scenes from books by assorted writers offering a glimpse of L.A. places and characters.

Pretty cool.


That means books that parents, teachers or members of the public think are somehow offensive, based on things like bad language and sexual content. It’s no surprise to see E.L. James’s Fifty Shades… on the list at number four (it’s got sex in it apparently), but the surprise for me was the top of the list: the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey for “offensive language, unsuited for age group”.


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