12 January 2009

On The Other Hand....

(in reference to yesterday's post title)

Today's NYT reports, Fiction Reading Increases for Adults

After years of bemoaning the decline of a literary culture in the United States, the National Endowment for the Arts says in a report that it now believes a quarter-century of precipitous decline in fiction reading has reversed.

...Among [the] chief findings [of the report] is that for the first time since 1982, when the bureau began collecting such data, the proportion of adults 18 and older who said they had read at least one novel, short story, poem or play in the previous 12 months has risen.

In addition, reading of "literary works" and poetry is up the most in the 18-24 demographic.

It seems the old slogan, Reading is FUNdamental!, still holds true.

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