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The First Recording of Allen Ginsberg Reading “Howl” (1956)

The First Recording of Allen Ginsberg Reading “Howl” (1956)

[ad_1] Image by Michiel Hendryckx, via Wiki­me­dia Com­mons Occa­sion­al­ly I slip into an ivory tow­er men­tal­i­ty in which the idea of a banned book seems quaint—associated with sil­ly scan­dals over the tame sex scenes in James Joyce or D.H. Lawrence. After all, I think, we live in an age when best­seller lists are topped (no pun) by tawdry fan fic­tion like Fifty Shades of Grey. Nothing’s sacred. But this notion is a mas­sive blind spot on my part; the whole aware­ness-rais­ing mis­sion of the annu­al Banned Books Week seeks to dis­pel such com­pla­cen­cy. Books are chal­lenged, sup­pressed, and banned all the time in pub­lic schools and libraries, even if we’ve moved past out­right gov­ern­ment cen­sor­ship of the pub­lish­ing indus­try. It’s also easy to for­get that Allen Ginsberg’s gen­er­a­tion-defin­ing poem “Howl” was once almost a casu­al­ty of cen­sor­ship. The most like­ly suc­ces­sor to Walt Whitman’s vision, Ginsberg’s orac­u­lar utter­ances did not sit well with U.S. Cus­toms, who in 1957 tried to seize every copy of the British sec­ond print­ing. When that failed, police arrest­ed the poem’s …

The book you’re reading might be wrong

The book you’re reading might be wrong

[ad_1] This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. If Kristi Noem never actually met the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, then how did that anecdote make it into her memoir? The answer, after these three stories from The Atlantic: The Art of the Check The newsletter you’re reading right now was reviewed by a fact-checker named Sam. Sam spent about an hour this afternoon scrutinizing my words and sentences, and making sure the quotes from my interviews match my recordings. You know what probably didn’t get that kind of review? The book on your nightstand. Or, as it happens, Noem’s new memoir. Book publishers don’t employ fact-checking teams, and they don’t require a full fact-check before publication. Instead, a book is usually reviewed only by editors and copy editors—people who shape the story’s structure, word choice, and grammar. An editor might catch something incorrect in …

What are You Reading This Week — May 9, 2024

What are You Reading This Week — May 9, 2024

[ad_1] This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Happy May, everyone! I hope you’re getting nice weather where you are. We’ve been alternating between rain and sunny skies here — often on the same day — as spring is wont to do. Luckily, both rain and sun are reading weather. This week, I shared some recommendations for task #10: Read a historical fiction book by an Indigenous author. I have a couple more recommendations you all added in the comments section that I’ll share below. I also have a picture of my dog Scrappy, for the pitbull fans here. But first, I wanted to mention a project you should know about: the Pass the Hat project started by Erin Hattamer, which is matching influencers with families in Gaza to help raise money to get them to safety. One place to start is this GoFundMe to get Shahd and her newborn baby to safety. At the time of writing, they are so close to meeting their goal. This family …

Bring back the pleasure of reading in classrooms | English and creative writing

Bring back the pleasure of reading in classrooms | English and creative writing

[ad_1] I read your editorial in delighted agreement with much of its argument (The Guardian view on English lessons: make classrooms more creative again, 2 May). My particular experience is working with the youngest children as they begin learning to read. Since 2021, schools in England have been required to follow the highly prescriptive systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) scheme. The “fully decodable” books approved for SSP schemes must focus on the spelling pattern to be learned, usually at the expense of a good story or any literary merit. Right from the start of school, enjoyment of books is being squeezed out. However, your contention that the curriculum model of little blocks of tightly controlled content is “more suited to science and maths” must be challenged. My other role is as a maths tutor to teenagers. I find that they have been rushed to learn ever more complicated formulas and procedures without time to investigate ideas, to make links between topics or to develop thinking skills. Mathematics is a deeply creative subject. Advances are made by …

Read me a story: why reading out loud is a joy for adults as well as kids | Books

Read me a story: why reading out loud is a joy for adults as well as kids | Books

[ad_1] Neither of us can remember exactly how it happened, but we both agree we were probably a little drunk. It was December 2016. We had been dating for eight months. Even with the booze we were, by many measures, still shy around each other, fearful of spoiling the magic. Which is why neither I nor my partner can fathom the conversation that landed us either in bed or on the sofa with him reading A Christmas Carol out loud to me for an hour. It wasn’t something either of us had ever done with another adult. It wasn’t something we’d heard of adults in the real world ever doing. But the book kept getting read – always by my boyfriend, out loud to me, who listened with total fixation. It was finished before we left to be with our respective families for the Christmas break. And when we returned to be together again in January, we decided we wanted to do it again. Seven years later, reading together is something we do regularly throughout …

Best Reading Glasses for 2024

Best Reading Glasses for 2024

[ad_1] Some of the unfortunate changes that can come along with aging are ones in your vision. While you may have been able to see well up close before, that can start to change with presbyopia and other conditions over time. However, this can be easily remedied in many cases with a great pair of reading glasses. The good thing is that they’re more affordable compared to prescription eyeglasses, and you can get them at many retailers without needing a prescription. Similarly, you can also purchase reading glasses online and get them delivered to your doorstep. Many online companies sell reading glasses and some specialize in them. Not all of them are equal, though, so we sifted through nearly a dozen sites, examining customer reviews, product variety and shipping policies to find the best reading glasses your money can buy. What are the best overall reading glasses? GlassesUSA is our pick for the best overall reading glasses you can buy online, thanks to its well-rounded inventory, fair policies and great customer reviews. GlassesUSA was also …

One-Card Tarot Reading For Each Zodiac Sign On May 5, 2024

One-Card Tarot Reading For Each Zodiac Sign On May 5, 2024

[ad_1] It’s the final stretch for the weekend, zodiac signs. The Moon remains in Aries for one more day, allowing us to focus on ourselves and make things happen. The Sun is in Taurus, so we strongly desire to finish what we start.  It’s a wonderful day to read a tarot card. Here’s what each zodiac sign can anticipate for this Sunday. Each zodiac sign’s tarot card reading for May 5: Aries (March 21 – April 19) Tarot card: Knight of Swords You know how to handle tough situations: confront them. With a little bit of tact and compassion, you can work through nearly every problem. You won’t get very far sweeping things under a rug. Running from a problem won’t make it go away. There’s only one thing left to do and that’s address the situation head-on. You can do it.   RELATED: 6 Most Caring Zodiac Signs That Wear Their Hearts On Their Sleeves Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Tarot card: Eight of Cups Is it time to quit? Ask yourself a …

Monitoring Your Weight? Here’s When to Weigh Yourself for the Most Accurate Reading

Monitoring Your Weight? Here’s When to Weigh Yourself for the Most Accurate Reading

[ad_1] There are a number of reasons for tracking your weight, but whether you’re trying to drop a few pounds or looking for motivation for your workouts, there’s no point in weighing yourself if your measurements aren’t consistent and accurate. Get a reliable scale and learn how to use it effectively to get regular results that you can trust. Before you step on the scale, remember that the number isn’t an “end-all, be-all” measurement of your health. If you have a healthy relationship with weighing yourself, the number can be a tool that gives you valuable insight into your progress toward your overall health target. With that in mind, you need to know a couple of key things about how and when to weigh yourself to get consistent results when you step on the scale. Read on to learn how to do it right.  In search of more health-related tips? Read up on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet and why you should eat more carbs, not fewer.  Read more: Expert Tips …

What are You Reading This Week — May 2, 2024

What are You Reading This Week — May 2, 2024

[ad_1] This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Erica Ezeifedi, Associate Editor, is a transplant from Nashville, TN that has settled in the North East. In addition to being a writer, she has worked as a victim advocate and in public libraries, where she has focused on creating safe spaces for queer teens, mentorship, and providing test prep instruction free to students. Outside of work, much of her free time is spent looking for her next great read and planning her next snack. Find her on Twitter at @Erica_Eze_. View All posts by Erica Ezeifedi This week, I’m standing in for Book Riot Editor Danika Ellis with this Read Harder check-in. I can be real and say that I haven’t been finishing books as much as I would like, with “finishing” being the keyword here. I come across and get sent so many new books that I find myself starting books before I realize just to get a taste. If I don’t continue reading …