5 Books To Expand Your Mental Horizons: Today in Critical Linking

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It’s one possible strategy for enhancing brain power, but there are many others. Here are five classic stories, and one modern depiction of brain augmentation that I’ve enjoyed.

No better reading-emotion than feeling like a book just made your world bigger. Here are 5 Books to Expand Your Mental Horizons.


What is it about fan culture in general, and fanfiction in particular, that is so threatening that people keep feeling the need to write moralizing think pieces on it, and that the deluge of responding think pieces has little to no effect?

Good overview of why fanfiction unnerves some people. And why it probably shouldn’t.

Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum’s next film Passengers is coming out later this year, but it appears that he’s set his sights on a new project: an adaptation of Lauren Beukes’ novel, The Shining Girls.

Some folks are going to be very excited about this prospect. I will be too chicken to watch it.

New York City’s push to have every third-grade student reading on grade level will begin with a hundred educators dispatched to coach reading teachers in key districts, officials said Thursday.

I have no idea if this kind of intervention can work. But an intervention that works is sorely needed.

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