Critical Linking: October 23rd, 2013

YA By The Numbers

It’s not just you: there is a lot more YA than there used to be.

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“Our public school students spend far too much time preparing for reading tests and too little time curling up with books that fire their imaginations,” the letter continues.

I sympathize with the sentiment, but how does school get students to “curl up with books”? Getting kids to love reading is something notoriously difficult to teach.

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The company’s relationship with those publishers was called the Gazelle Project after Mr. Bezos said Amazon “should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.”

Well that isn’t cool.

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In a specific comparison between poetry and prose, the team found evidence that poetry activates brain areas, such as the posterior cingulate cortex and medial temporal lobes, which have been linked to introspection.

Wait, poetry stimulates introspection? Naaaaaaaaaah.

 

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