How literacy and literature are degraded by replacing outcomes with symbols of identity, status and virtue. As a writer, voracious reader and bookstore employee, my entire life revolves around literacy and literature….
How do you silence a politician? Ask them to name their favorite book. Republican Party leaders are not bullish on reading, apparently, because when Tucker Carlson floated the question to the candidates for Chair of the Republican National Committee at their January 3 debate, it elicited the sound of crickets, followed by a range of awful, stammered non-answers. My favorite response is from Michael Steele, who blurts out, “War and Peace,” and then misquotes Charles Dickens.
Warning: Reading this may cause parts of your brain to become powerless. From Ars Technica: The human brain contains many regions that are specialized for processing specific decisions and sensory inputs. Many…