Critical Linking: July 1, 2013

 

Once a week, students from the Keystone to Discovery Enrichment program, a nonprofit summer and after-school project for behaviorally or academically at-risk youth, head to Bitter Root Humane Association to read to shelter animals that are waiting for adoption. The program not only gives the kids a chance to work on their reading skills, but also helps soothe the animals.

Don’t read the rest of this unless you have 30 minutes to recover.

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Once a small backwater of the publishing industry, in part because of the cumbersome nature of tapes, audiobooks are now flourishing. Sales have been rising by double digits annually in recent years. A recent survey by industry groups showed that audiobook revenue climbed 22 percent in 2012 compared with 2011.

Wow. I thought I had noticed an appreciable rise in talk about audiobooks, but this is more than just talk.

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The powerful emotion we are experiencing is grief, death’s inevitable aftermath. Those “Game of Thrones” fans are angry from their grief over the loss of beloved characters. I felt the same thing in reading “Bridge to Terabithia.” I could not imagine going on with the book, and yet I could not stop myself. Those “Thrones” fans will return as well.

Reading internet anger as grief seems a really smart way to make sense of the seemingly non-sensical. 

 

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