Something Good to Read from Savage Minds

I am going to be out-of-town working for a few days so I’ve scheduled some posts for the week that we think you should read, in case you missed ’em when they were here before. I’ll be back online Friday.

The folk at Savage Minds (one of our favorites) are doing a spring Writer’s Workshop series over on their blog and we wanted to let you know about it here, because we love writers and we love reading here at

Slow Reading is about the art of writing and its relationship to reading, itself something Lambek describes as a “lost art” (I concur!). I’ve been a lifelong reader, former literacy tutor, bookstore clerk, and soc prof I see what he means when he says that reading is “limited to that privileged small percent at the top end of the bimodal distribution.” And we want everyone to read, especially students (we all know this is why they tend to write poorly). Lambek also mentions Marilynne Robinson, one of my favorite writers and one of the greats. But will students read her, will they read a whole book?

My husband Larry and I had coffee with my co-editor Tony and his wife Dagmar yesterday and we talked about this very thing. How do you get students to read? Will they read a whole book? I said ‘yes’ but there was healthy skepticism among us, students may not like to read but who does these days? What do you think? Have any tricks up your sleeve that you’d like to share? Give Lambek’s piece a read and tell us what you know and what you think in the comments.

5 tips for helping students find a book
5 tips for helping students find a book (as seen on twitter)