Jan 12, 2009

You Mean All Is Not Lost?

According to the NYT...well, according to the NEA, as quoted and written about in the NYT, more people are reading literature (defined for these purposes as fiction/poetry/drama) for the first time in 26 years. Quoth NEA chair Dana Gioia: "Cultural decline is not inevitable."

Is there an actual turn back in the direction of reading? If there is, what does it mean? Has the Harry Potter generation reached an age at which they can be sampled as part of the 18-24 demographic, and if so, might this mean that a single reading phenomenon can have a measurable impact on the reading practices of an entire demographic cohort?

Or maybe everybody's just reading more books. Which I think is great, especially if they add mine to their lists.

4 comments:

oddvanish said...

Wait a sec...you wrote a book?

Alex Irvine said...

Of course not. Sucker.

oddvanish said...

Oh, thank god. Now I don't have to feel obliged to pretend that I'll read it.

Alex Irvine said...

And we're both happier.