Get Out Your Banned Books and Read!

Next week is National Banned Books Week or, as the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) calls it, a “celebration of the freedom to read.” So, in the spirit of all things books and words and writing and creativity and ideas, let’s all read banned books! To that end, below is a list of banned books […]

The Bedroom Bookshelf

Put Something In by Shel Silverstein Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem,
 Sing a mumble-gumble song,
 Whistle through your comb. 
Do a loony-goony dance 
 ‘Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain’t been there before. Shel Silverstein’s classic book A Light in the Attic was published in 1981, […]

Read More: What Is Reading for?

What Is Reading For? by Robert Bringhurst FROM GOODREADS: “Reading could have a rich and interesting future, because it does have a rich and interesting past. But if no one remembers that past, it may not mean much to the future.” This succinct and thoughtful essay is the text of a talk commissioned for a […]

Resolve to Read. More.

I used to be a reader. You know, those really cool folks who are always reading books? On the train. In the coffee shop. In the waiting room. Reading! I used to be that person. But being an English major took the joy out of recreational reading sometime back in the 80s, then cable television […]

The Unread Book Project: It Took 20 Inches of Snow

“Things Fall Apart has lived in my bookshelves since the mid-eighties, when I was a student at the University of Massachusetts, and [Chinua] Achebe was a visiting lecturer.…Today, I have more than 300 books sitting on my bookshelves…” So began The Unread Book Project. “Beginning today, Monday, November 22, 2010,” I wrote, “I will start […]