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Monday, March 17 2014

In Defense Of ... Reading Books, Not E-Readers

Even if an e-reader might be more practical than a heavy book, there isn't an electronic screen on the planet that rivals the prestige attached to such a time-tested medium.


Monday, March 25 2013

Gay Talese’s Magazine Journalism, Mapped in Full Color

A heavily circulated image of a '60s era magazine article outline says quite a bit about journalist Gay Talese.


Tuesday, August 30 2011

Ernest Hemingway, Reporter

The years spent as a reporter painting the scene in Parisian cafes and on tuna fishing boats in Spain sharpened Ernest Hemingway's ability to carefully, confidently build a story.


Thursday, June 17 2010

Getting Inside the Book Review: How They Work & Why We Read Them

We've all done it -- bought a book based on a good review, passed over another because of a bad review. But why do reviews affect us? And how do they do it?


Tuesday, June 15 2010

Has the Internet Killed Professional Book Reviews?

Is the internet killing book reviews? Will blog reviews soon replace the long lengthy columns we've come to love in the New York Times? As a reviewer, will I no longer find neat, book-shaped packages in my mailbox?


Thursday, April 1 2010

Penguin & the iPad: Taking Books to the Next Level, or Leaving Them in the Dust?

Apple's latest gadget, the iPad, hits shelves this weekend. There's been a lot of chatter on the interwebs and in the publishing world about how the shiny new tech may change the way we think of books.


Monday, October 12 2009

Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.


Thursday, December 4 2008

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Between English- and Japanese-speakers, dyslexics and normal readers, struggling children and fluent adults, Wolf shows the not-so-obvious differences in both brain structure and in areas of activation.


Tuesday, September 25 2007

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Because "the act of reading is not natural" in the sense of "genetically organized," the brain must "rearrange itself" to do so, a process Wolf explains on a neuronal level.


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