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Nation Topics - Literacy and Reading


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New York Public Library

After public outcry, the library’s $300 million project to demolish stacks and sell off branch libraries has collapsed.

The mayor's budget plan would close libraries. The people say, Think again.

Why the commentariat's response to hand-wringing about "the decline of reading" condescends to the large mass of nonspecialist readers.

The Kindle e-reader lightens your load, but can you curl up with it in bed?

An account of the most recent installment in the nation's sick love affair with literary exhibitionists.

In a book-length essay on the novel, Milan Kundera foresees the curtain of literary history drawing to a close.

An ambitious two-volume history of the novel explores its evolution across
continents and centuries.

As Nazis dropped bombs in Warsaw, poet Czeslaw Milosz wrote a collection of literary criticism that sought to trace the rise of totalitarianism by deconstructing the mythologies of Western modernity.

William Faulkner makes Oprah's Book Club this summer.


Katie Roiphe's Newsweek cover story ignores the fact that in every century and decade, sadomasochistic erotica has broken into the mainstream.

April 16, 2012

Will the new president's mega-million-dollar makeover of the main library scare off scholars and leave the branches begging?

December 6, 2011

There's rarely been as enjoyable and community-minded a way to help support children's literacy.

July 12, 2011