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January 13, 2009 | David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times.
Is reading making a comeback in the United States? That's the finding of "Reading on the Rise," a study released Monday by the National Endowment for the Arts, which concludes that literary reading among adult Americans has gone up 3.5% over the last six years. The endowment considers this significant because its last reading survey, in 2002, reported such a precipitous drop in literary reading that it was titled "Reading at Risk."
May 5, 2002
*--* Southern California Rating FICTION *--* *--* 1 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon (Picador: $15) Cousins in the comics biz 2 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Vintage: $14.95) A warmhearted novel about working-class lives in Maine 3 FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury (Ballantine: $6.99) An alternate future when government makes books the enemy 4 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS by Anne Tyler (Ballantine: $14.95) A mom gets another chance at love 5 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS by P.D.
August 28, 1994
Once again you puzzle your readers of average, normal nature, your readers most numerous, with the absurd (language) reflected in Wayne Koestenbaum's "review" of that literary treasure, "Gay New York" by George Chauncey (Aug. 7). Was it not only two weeks ago a featured review in your Book Review Section took your avid reader through the wonders of two books introducing us to the world of black male homosexuality? I think it was only two weeks ago. It seems like yesterday! You can't imagine how few of us need to be reminded of the "continuing centrality of gender inversion to gay culture; the flaming fairy, though he seems a mere stereotype to be discarded or 'transcended,' is actually a resonant provocateur, ignored at our peril."
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