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July 10, 2013 | by


  • Reading can affect the behavior of those who identify strongly with the central characters, a new study (and a million Twi-hards) finds.
  • In other research news: a controversial linguistics study suggests that high altitude can directly impact the development of languages.
  • “Civil libertarians and consumer advocates call it digital book-burning: censoring, erasing, altering or restricting access to books in electronic formats.” 
  • The activist group Geeks Out has called for a boycott of the upcoming Ender’s Game film in protest of author Orson Scott Card, who opposes same-sex marriage. Card responds, in part, “Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.”
  • In less fraught lit-cinematic news, Charlie Kaufman is taking on the adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five.




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  1. Felipe Adan Lerma | July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    interesting article, adds to neuroscience articles i’ve read (i’m not a scientist) describing how our brains react to written stimuli

    nice! thanks much 🙂

  2. bob | July 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    If Card gets any money from the film, boycotting the film is an effective way of letting him know how abhorrent we find his homophobia. Homophobia is also not a political issue, it’s a “human rights” issue and it certainly existed in 1984.

    Apologies for the cliche/ cynicism / gossip, but given the strength of his feeling and that his books mainly deal with relationship betweens boys and men I can’t help but hope he has a good psychiatrist.

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