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The Good and the Bad About Reading


by Jerome Weeks 12 Jan 2009

In 2008, more adult Americans were reading fiction (novels, poems, short stories, plays) than were the year previously — it’s the first time since 1982 that the number hasn’t gone down, says an NEA report. On the other hand, most Canadians can’t name a single Canadian author, living or dead. But then … can most […]

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  • In 2008, more adult Americans were reading fiction (novels, poems, short stories, plays) than were the year previously — it’s the first time since 1982 that the number hasn’t gone down, says an NEA report.
  • On the other hand, most Canadians can’t name a single Canadian author, living or dead. But then … can most Americans name a Canadian author, either? (Mordechai Richler, Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, Farley Mowat … I’m running out here.)
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  • Bill Marvel

    …Jack Ludwig…

  • Terra Windham

    L. M. Montgomery!

  • I can name a Canadian ZINESTER, and he’s known throughout the zine community. Dale Speirs writes “Opuntia” that covers all kinds of subjects. There is also “Broken Pencil” the long running Canadian magazine that spotlights all the indie press.
    Both of these are well known and have been selected into the Musea Zine Hall of Fame – the international list of best indie publications by my Dallas zine Musea.

  • Leslie Miller

    Saul Bellow, but I had to look it up to make sure.