L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

A fifth of readers report characters from novels cropping up in their daily lives, hearing their voices even after putting books aside. Richard Lea It’s a cliche to claim that a novel can change your life, but a recent study suggests almost a fifth of readers report that fiction seeps into their daily existence. Researchers …

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Novelist Amy Sackville reflects on how what sounded like a perfect occasion for creative writing has filled instead with vacancy. Amy Sackville Time to finally finish Proust, read poetry, make things, learn a language, focus, concentrate. So many opportunities present themselves. What have I done with this rare chance to be with my thoughts, to …

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Clare Barnett I can feel one coming on. My thoughts fog. My mood darkens. I ducked reality for a few nights and now it’s caught up with me again. I can’t deny it—I’m nursing a book hangover. A “book hangover” is the slangy shortcut for the feeling when a reader finishes a book—usually fiction—and they …

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Jeanette Solomon When I started thinking about this piece, I thought about it as just a list of my (many!) seemingly arbitrary rules for reading. Once I got started, though, I discovered that those rules actually tell you so much about me that they double as personality traits. In fact, they say so much about …

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Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention. By Lee Billings I remember well the first time my certainty of a bright future evaporated, when my confidence in the panacea of technological progress was shaken. It was in 2007, on a warm September evening in San Francisco, where I was relaxing in a cheap motel room after …

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Posted by JJ Wong Why Reading is So Important? Everyone knows that reading is important, but have you ever asked yourself why that is so? In this post, I will list out 8 reasons why reading is important. I hope you can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can …

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Abraham Rinquist Libraries captivate the imagination. These storehouses of knowledge contain countless secrets and mysteries. Unfortunately, many of these treasure troves of wisdom have been lost over the centuries. Those that remain are preciously guarded. Knowledge is power. 10. Vatican Secret Archives Photo credit: tukro.org The Vatican’s Archivum Secretum is one of the world’s most …

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Will writing still be important in tomorrow’s creative landscape? Emily Warna Aside from speech, writing is the framework of our communication. Back in the day, we’d physically write to finish our homework. We’d write to our friends and family via a postcard. We’d write a shopping list and attach it to our trolley. Now, we …

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As more countries go into lockdown, bookshops around the world are having to think of creative ways to serve their customers and communities, writes Clare Thorp. In uncertain times, few spaces feel more comforting than a bookshop. And, over the past few years, as the world has felt increasingly tumultuous, indie bookshops – once in …

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Via Douglas Public Library 1. Trinity College Library – Ireland Quick Facts: Country: Ireland Founded: 1952 Location: College Street, Dublin 2 Wikipedia article Not only is the Trinity College Library beautiful, but it is also the largest library in Ireland and also the permanent home to the famous Book of Kells – a manuscript created …

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