Critical Linking: July 27, 2013

“Again when I saw those landscapes in Star Wars I felt surge of kinship. Shit, on first viewing I also thought my man’s name was Juan Kenobi. But that’s what happens when you’re an immigrant kid of colour in a culture that erases your community completely. You start inventing filiations.”

It’s all about connections.

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Summer reading assignments and reading quizzes and book reports don’t teach our students how to be readers. They teach them that reading is a school-centered activity. That it is a chore. That they aren’t good at it if they can’t remember insignificant plot points. These assignments set students up to cheat, or to fail, and always to regard reading as a drag.

I bet that if we had to take AR tests on the books we write about in order to write for Book Riot, none of us (except maybe Liberty) would have a job.

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The internet is faster than the law. Selling a book involves many parties, among them publishers, printers, distributors (companies that supply books to bookstores), and bookstores, and that’s just for print books. When you add in ebooks, there are even more complications.

It’s not the authors’ faults.  Really.  They want you to buy their books.

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