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Article: Writers attack ‘overrated’ Anglo-American literature at Jaipur festival

Writers attack ‘overrated’ Anglo-American literature at Jaipur festival

“Xiaolu Guo warns that English-language mainstream has warped a broader ‘reading habit’, on panel with Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Franzen”

(From The Guardian, January 20, 2014)

Some of the points brought up in the article are interesting, and I think fair ones. The comment about American culture being so pervasive throughout the world, so much to push out local cultures or affect interest in them, is definitely something to be concerned about. Not only in literature, but other forms of entertainment, as well as food, culture, and so on.

And there’s definitely plenty of overrated American literature out there, often written in a very formulaic or boring way. I would love to see more emphasis on supporting and translating works from other countries, but given the current culture here, I don’t know if it’ll happen. Considering that they will subtitle some British TV shows when airing them in the US, that tells you plenty.

What do you think?

Article: Brain function “boosted for days after reading a novel”

Brain function “boosted for days after reading a novel”

“Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.”

(From The Independent, December 28, 2013)

Article: Literary Fiction Helps Us Read People

Literary Fiction Helps Us Read People

(From Pacific Standard, October 03, 2013)

“New research suggests reading literature increases our ability to pick up on the subjective states of others.”

Link: Huffington Post: 10 Forgotten Classics You Need To Read

Huffington Post: 10 Forgotten Classics You Need To Read

A great list of some nearly forgotten classic novels that you may not have heard of before.

Article: The Books We’ve Lost

Browsing on Charing Cross Road, London Browsing on Charing Cross Road, London

Charles Simic looks at “The Books We’ve Lost” in a piece about the closing of used bookstores.

(From The New York Review of Books, August 13, 2013)