On the Shelf
September 7, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A study finds that reading fiction may improve empathy.
Carol Ann Duffy: “Poems are a form of texting.”
The Man-Booker shortlist is announced. Herewith, a cheat sheet.
Philip Schultz: “[My tutor] worked with me to try to teach me how to read, without any success at all. And one day out of frustration asked me what I thought I was going to do in life if I couldn’t read. And surprising both of us, I said I wanted to be a writer. And he laughed.”
Mark Twain’s charming love letter.
On bookshelf aesthetics.
Feral is having a moment.
A new Wuthering Heights adaptation is “caked in grime and damp with saliva.” Oh, and “salted with profanity.”
Ten years on, reading 9/11.
Profanisaurus? There’s an app for that.
George R. R. Martin, fanboy.
Haunting images of America’s asylums.