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What does literature do anyway? Provocative reality from China

HT: Deb Garvey. Much like Chinese authorities today, Lu Xun himself was conflicted about the effect his voice might have on future generations. Reflecting on whether or not to speak out, he posed an analogy: Imagine an iron house without … Continue reading

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The future of Burkina Faso

A picture by Sanou Dounko of three youth enrolled in our “Les Jeunes du Tuy Lisent” program, where 270 youth are receiving a novel/BD every week.  The kids are still (after three months) very enthusiastic and appreciative.  The problems are … Continue reading

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The argument against impact evaluation

Does this speak for itself or what? But what sticks in her mind are the memories of the children and their parents and their love of books.  There’s a picture on her web site of a boy clutching a biology … Continue reading

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Hard to criticise without seeming a spoilsport…

I wish them luck, but nothing on the website suggests they really have any idea what they are doing other than doing something “cool”…  They claim their “digital library” will be profitable… yet the turnover in cybercafe’s (isn’t that what … Continue reading

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Does Great Literature Make Us Better People?

Gregory Currie, author of this well-commented oped in New York Times, appears in the oped to have little interest in actually following through…. the piece comes across as lazy philosophy, making a trivial point and dressing it up as something … Continue reading

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