16 Lit Up (1): David Denby in conversation with Stephen Quinn
In a world where texting and tweeting hold sway, can screen-obsessed teens be turned on to serious reading? What are the ingredients for building a lifelong love of reading? To find out, David Denby, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of four books, spent a year embedded in three Grade 10 English classes. He observed the reactions and interactions of students trying to find a raw connection with Sylvia Plath’s poetry or books such as The Scarlet Letter or Brave New World. A dramatic narrative, Lit Up shows that with great teaching and inspiring books, surprise and creativity can bubble out of almost every student. And that should raise the spirits of anyone who believes in the value and pleasure of reading.
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