On Reading - Vom Lesen

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Elena Ferrante: Nein heißt Nein

Die Bestsellerautorin Elena Ferrante hat ihre Identität geheim gehalten. Ein Journalist hat diese nun enthüllt, als ginge es um eine Kriminelle. Was …

Wenn sich alles fremd anfühlt

Wie erklärt man Kindern Krieg und Terror? Und wie hilft man geflüchteten Kindern, in Deutschland heimisch zu werden? Mehrere Kinderbücher versuchen, …

Jonathan Coe on the top 10 books written about books

To celebrate World Book Night, Coe explores a literature in which reading is not always an uncomplicated pleasure<p>Why we read: authors and readers on the power of literature<p>World Book Night this year falls on 23 April, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. My coming-of-age novel <i>The Rotters’</i> …

Books

Why We Read: Polish Poet and Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska on What Books Do for the Human Spirit

“Homo Ludens with a book is free… free — and no other hobby can promise this — to eavesdrop on Montaigne’s arguments or take a quick dip in the Mesozoic.<p><i>“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful meditation on why we read. For Galileo, books …

The story of how Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear – in pictures

In 1914 Harry Colebourn, a vet on his way to tend horses in the first world war, rescued a baby bear and named her Winnie. A remarkable friendship began and a journey from the fields of Canada to an army base in England and finally to London Zoo, where Winnie made another friend - a boy named …

Books

100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School

Last year, a <i>Slate</i> essay called “Against YA” by Ruth Graham irked thousands of readers who took offense at her argument that although grown-ups …

Literature

Lese lieber ungewöhnlich: Fehlt der Wissenschaft die Konzentration fürs Lesen?

Wissenschaftlern fehlt angeblich zunehmend die Konzentration für die versunkene Lektüre. Aber die Klage geht ins Leere: Wissenschaftler sollten …

Warum Texter und Autoren viel lesen sollten – mit Literaturtipps!

Die letzten drei Kapitel in Herman Melvilles „Moby Dick“ gehören mit zum Besten, was jemals geschrieben wurde. Kapitän Ahabs fanatische Jagd auf den …

How Professional Readers Read for Pleasure

A few weeks ago, I picked up Jane Austen’s <i>Persuasion</i> for the first time. It had been quite a while since I had been able to read a book purely for …

7 Essential Literary Interviews

When we learn about an author, we understand more about his or her work. That's why readers can't get enough of literary interviews! Through these …

This is what a 16th century e-reader looked like

It’s easy to take thousands of books on holiday with you these days thanks to the e-reader, a device that can store enough books to keep you reading …

16th century

Reading to your child changes the way his brain functions

Shares 0<p>It’s a well-known fact that reading to your baby is a great way to boost language development and to nurture a love for the written …

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?<p>When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry …

Literature

Slow Down: A Lesson for Readers Who Skip Descriptive Paragraphs

Like many bibliophiles I know, I like to keep a tally of the books I read. It’s useful, and good for the ego, to keep the list on hand.<p>Sometimes, I …

5 Amazing Libraries in Ancient History

From ancient times to the present many cultures around the world have considered libraries as storehouses of ideas, creativity and knowledge. Today …

26 Literary Landmarks In America To Visit Before You Die

Literary landmarks abound from sea to shining sea.<p>From museums and historic homes to out-of-the-way bookstores and bars, your literary-themed summer roadtrip just got easier to plan.<p>The Northeast:<p>Sleepy Hollow, New York<p>Retrace Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in the town that …

What are the best books on mermaids?

The book doctor dives into her book shelves and pulls out some sparkling mermaid stories for children and teenagers<p>We are going to the seaside for our holiday and the children are fascinated by mermaids. What are the best stories about mermaids?<p>Stories about mermaids seem to abound from all …

Books

An Illusion of Everything Making Sense - Los Angeles Review of Books

JUNE 27, 2015<p><i>This is a transcript of a conversation at 356 Mission last month, between publisher (and author) Chris Kraus and one of her</b> …

Reading Comprehension: Text No. 1 | The New Yorker

“But none of us have twin brothers,” Cordero said that afternoon, when Segovia finished his story. It may have been drizzling or raining, I don’t remember, but I know that the teacher was wearing a blue raincoat. He got up to buy cigarettes, and when he came back to our table he stayed on his feet, …

Education

Rescuing Wonderful Shivery Tales

The Complete First Edition: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm<p>by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, translated from the German and edited …

The Best Books About Books

I love books. More than anything else. More than food. Shit, more than cleanliness. More than friends (sorry, everyone). I’d rather read about a city …

George Bernard Shaw

Let Me Think About It: On Recommending Books

At a wedding last summer, a guy seated at my table told me he hadn’t read a book in four years. I can’t remember the title of the traumatic work that …

Guest Post: Making Time To Write by Eileen Granfors

People have asked me how I manage to read so many books. They don’t realize that reading is only one part of my day when I am allowed by my …

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or …

Life doesn't come with trigger warnings. Why should books?

The outside world is full of triggers. If I don’t warn you of one it’s not out of malice<p>Do we, as citizens of this uncomfortable and unpredictable world, have the luxury and privilege of receiving “trigger warnings” before being exposed to disturbing material about subjects like the Holocaust, …

Mental Health

Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>A famous fictional conflict in children's literature has a happier ending. Tomorrow is the day "Harry Potter" fans …

Harry Potter

Was Kinder lesen: Wie das Lesenlernen funktioniert und Lesedefizite entstehen

<b>Lesen ist für die meisten von uns selbstverständlich. Aber es zu lernen, ist für Kinder gar nicht so leicht. Wie dieser Prozess funktioniert und</b> …