On literacy

Anne Cunningham and Keith Stanovich published a paper called "What Reading Does For The Mind."  Among its premises is this: reading makes you smarter.  Surprise! Vocabulary is a big winner among readers.  The paper cites the research of Hayes and Ahrens (1988), who analyzed the distributions of 86,741 English words used in various contexts, and…

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera

Dreadfully disappointed by the end of Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera.  It was a lovely book, beautifully written, blah, blah, blah -- but I despised Florentino Ariza, and he just wouldn't-go-away. There are so many strong female characters in this novel -- Aunt Escolástica, Fermina Daza, Hildebranda Sánchez, Leona Cassiani -- who only…