“What’s the point of reading literature?” Electric Literature shares a video that offers a compelling 4-point answer.
We've mentioned the "What books have stayed with you?" social media trend before, and now Facebook has tallied up the most popular titles by country. The results are both exactly what you would expect - The Little Prince ranks high in France, One Hundred Years of Solitude fairs well in Latin America - and a little surprising as the Harry Potter series tops the list in countries ranging from India to Italy to Brazil.
"I grew up hearing my father digging into words for images that will stretch the limits of life for my siblings and me. In my father’s mouth, bitter, rigid words become sweet and elastic like taffy candy. His poetry shields us from the poverty of our lives." Kao Kalia Yang for The Literary Hub on learning to understand her blue-collar father as a legitimate literary force.