Critical Linking: May 17, 2014

When it comes to books, however, most studies show that the text delivery method is irrelevant. Good reading behavior has nothing to do with technology. E-readers, tablets, laptop screens are all capable of delivering long-form text. Books have nothing to do with paper. In fact, electronic devices only increase access to books. A report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released earlier this year explains that “a majority of children ages 2 to 10 have access to a device for electronic reading: 55% have a multipurpose tablet in the home, and 29% have a dedicated e-reader (62% have access to at least one of these devices). Among children with one of these devices in the home, half (49%) engage in electronic reading, either on their own or with their parent (30% of all children).” Books matter; how kids read them doesn’t.

We sure like getting worked up about kids and whether or not they’re reading and whether or not they’re worse than kids “in the old days.”


Anna and Leo, two sophomores, want to leave a legacy of literature behind. They are, for example, at work on a new literary magazine that they’re calling “The 4th Floor.” But they’re also collaborating with a Philadelphia craft publishing company called The Head & The Hand Press and they are, they say, just months away from unveiling their school’s first chapbook vending machine.

High schoolers will have access to a literary vending machine — one they developed — in their school soon. Maybe the kids are alright after all.


I write about fat girls that just ARE fat girls. I write about fat girls who have different feelings about being fat. Girls who hate it and girls, like Windy in This One Summer, who kind of don’t really care. Because being fat is not just about losing weight. But sometimes being fat sucks.

It’s not a United Colors of Benetton thing, or a Dove campaign thing, it’s a “this is actually the way girls look” “this is the way girls feel” type of thing.

To top it off, I write fat girls, not just because I was a fat girl, but because I think they are awesome. Too.

Mariko Takami knocks it out of the park talking about the lack of fat girls we read in literature.

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