Monday, January 19, 2009

There is cause for hope on many fronts these days and author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and Run) has beautifully articulated one of these in an article in the Wall Street Journal. Just a couple of highlights: the number of people reading fiction is on the rise for the first time in more than 25 years; the most heartening rise is in the 18-to-24-year old group (Harry Potter babies); and as a source of entertainment reading ranks somewhere between cheap and free. Reading a book allows us to step outside of ourselves for a moment and that can't be a bad thing.

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