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.


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.


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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