What Readers Have Known All Along: Reading Can Make You Happier

An article from the New Yorker by Ceridwen Dovey about bibliotherapy, healing through books, something readers have known about for a long time. "Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect. "The first use of the term is usually dated to a jaunty 1916 article in The …

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The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe. By Benedict Craven

I recently put down Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes after three intense reading sessions. It is not an especially long book but for me this signified a new record in reading determination, though it didn’t feel so. The reason being I was spellbound as I let Abe guide me through the bizarre and …

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The Circle: David Eggers

This is one of the scariest books I’ve read—a dystopian novel for our hyperconnected times. A young woman, Mae, joins the Circle, a Google-like firm. She starts out in Customer Experience (Customer Service in the real world), and rises quickly through the ranks. The culture of the Circle is “sharing is caring” and “privacy is …

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The Fiction of Development

Are certain works of fiction valid for the study of development? The premise of this working paper by David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock is that they are. This paper is a challenge to development practitioners and academics "to include fictional representations of development issues within the scope of what they consider to be 'proper' forms of development knowledge". From …

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