Every Saturday, I will share a handful of my favorite literary links from the past week. Happy reading!
“Libraries are timeless treasures. Even as pulpy paperbacks get swapped out for electronic ink, we still crave a physical space where we can surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.”
All the different spells featured in the Harry Potter Saga, in alphabetical order. From Accio to Wingardium Leviosa!
“It is quite, yes, ordinary that teenage Chelsea might have been smitten with Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 book, a young-adult fiction touchstone. But it’s possible to read greater significance into the mention of this particular young-adult-fiction touchstone on the night when her mother became the first female major-party presidential candidate.”
“Any story about a fairy is a story about female power. Considered this way, it makes sense that this modern girl loves Rainbow Magic over all other fairy stories. It was never really about the magic or Fairyland. It was always about the transformation.”
“People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read,” said the senior author, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale. “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.”