Is it possible you have a binge reading disorder? It might seem ridiculous, but there’s mounting evidence that the Internet, which allows us to read far more than we ever have, is creating a world in which we constantly read but retain very little. Nikkitha Bakshani takes a look at the evidence for The Morning News.
“I’m interested in character. I’m especially interested in how language—story, memory, names, word choice—reflects and reveals character. The language of the Catholic Church—the liturgy, the prayer, the gospels—was in many ways my first poetry. ” Year in Reading alumna Alice McDermott discusses her short story, "These Short, Dark Days," published in the latest The New Yorker.
Eliza Griswold's got a great essay up on The Poetry Foundation's website. It's about poetry and reportage in Lampedusa, the largest island in the Italian Pelagie chain.
"7 Awesome Ways Barnyard Animals Are Like Communism." From McSweeneys, great literature retitled to boost website traffic.