Critical Linking: March 11th, 2014

 

A research team from Washington and Lee University reports that, in an experiment, reading a snippet of a novel about a Muslim woman produced two welcome results. Readers were more likely to categorized people as mixed-race, rather than forcing them into specific racial categories. They were also less likely to associate angry faces with disliked outsider groups.

Another fascinating study. The results are revealing, but I’d be curious to see if the effects hold up over time.

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Although most of those who read regularly told the researchers that this improves their life, this was more pronounced for higher social-economic groups, said Booktrust, with 85% of ABs saying reading helps to make them feel good, compared to 69% of DEs.

This study of UK readers suggests that not only do people of lower economic means read less, but they also don’t feel as good about the reading they do.

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A screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel The Goldfinch is on the way after the producers behind The Hunger Games announced that they have taken up an option on the book.

I’m happy about this, but WHY OH WHY CAN WE NOT GET AN ADAPTATION OF THE SECRET HISTORY!?!

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