Reading books – NY Is Book Country Thu, 22 Sep 2022 02:16:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reading books – NY Is Book Country 32 32 “It’s only very recently that I started reading books about cinema” Thu, 22 Sep 2022 02:16:13 +0000

Sisan Baniya, one of the most household names in the vlogging scene in Nepal, started reading at an early age. As a school-going child, Baniya read fiction to escape the realities of being a student. In this interview with the Post, Baniya shares the kind of books he loved to read as a child and how he now makes a point of reading various genres.

Did you like books from an early age?

I was lucky to have been guided towards reading novels from an early age. Even though I was not the best academic, I always liked to listen and read stories. Growing up, I loved to read fantasy books and spent a lot of time reading such books in my school library. I even hid them under course books and read them during class. I particularly liked ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain and ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. These books allowed me to escape complex math, boring classes and teachers.

How often do you take the time to read books now?

Although I still carry a book in my backpack, I don’t read as much as I used to. Whenever I sit down to read, one thing or another always pops up to distract me.

What genres do you enjoy reading the most? And which do you avoid?

I constantly switch from one genre to another. Since I started my podcast channel, I have started reading different genres to better understand what my podcast guests specialize in. When I read books on complex subjects, I take a break in between and read books that are easier to read. through. I also read self-help books, but try to avoid ones that try too hard.

The books you’ve read that left a lasting impression on you.

I still remember reading “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain and “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. I really enjoyed the growth of Tom Sawyer’s character from a mischievous child to an adult who takes good care of his loved ones.

I vividly remember enjoying reading “David Copperfield” because the main character of the novel loses his girlfriend. At that point in my life, I had a huge crush on a girl, the very first crush of my life, and reading the book made me think a lot about her.

Have you recently read any books that have helped you in your professional life?

I recently read ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’

by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia and ‘Rework’ by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried. The first helped me, to some extent, to rethink my lifestyle habits. The latter made me realize the advantages of having a small team and that a relaxed work environment is not a bad idea.

A book you’ve always wanted to read but never had time to read.

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. I will start reading the book as soon as I finish answering your questions.

You are one of the most popular Nepalese video content creators on YouTube. How often do you read books about cinema?

It’s only very recently that I started reading books about cinema. Since I decided to devote myself seriously to cinema, I felt the need to know more about cinema and things related to the process. I realized that if you want to make technically sound films, reading books about cinema helps a lot.

What do you plan to read next?

I have just started reading “What Makes You Not a Buddhist” by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. So far I love it and can’t wait to finish it.

Three books you would like to recommend.

It’s hard. Try not to think too much about my list.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

‘Outliers: The Success Story’ by Malcolm Gladwell

800 children on waiting list to read books in Johnson County Wed, 21 Sep 2022 16:21:13 +0000

FRANKLIN — The Johnson County Imagination Library hopes to reach 800 children in Greenwood on a waiting list, but the nonprofit must raise thousands of dollars to make it happen.

Sam and Sara Kinder live in Franklin and their two daughters Charlotte and Madlyn are enrolled in the program.

Story time before bedtime is a routine for both girls who have a long list of favorite books.

“They read me before bed,” Charlotte said.

She says she likes books because “it helps me learn”.

Every day around 7:30 p.m., the family meets in the living room to conclude the day.

“It allows us to have fun. They like to read. They like to read before going to bed. It’s fun,” said Sam Kinder, Charlotte and Madlyn’s father.

The Kinder sisters receive a free book each month as part of the Imagination Library program launched by music superstar Dolly Parton.

The program covers children up to the age of five. Over five years, a child can expect to receive 60 pounds.

Parton’s foundation works with local chapters like Franklin’s to cover book and mailing costs.

Sara makes a point of telling her pregnant friends about the value of the library. She knows it helps with academic and personal growth.

“Charlie has a big vocabulary and we definitely attribute that to us reading to him,” Sara said. “It’s fun to receive mail, to receive new ones and to be surprised. We love it.”

The Chair of the Johnson County Imagination Library Board of Trustees is Susan Crisafulli. She is well aware of the demand on the programs as an additional 800 children in Greenwood seek to take advantage of the program.

“Children who learn to read fluently and succeed academically are more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to be unemployed, less likely to live in poverty, and less likely to be incarcerated. and more likely to have good access to healthcare,” Crisafulli said. .

The group is looking to raise more money to expand its reach.

Johnson County Imagination Library is having a fundraiser this Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church at 9 and 11 a.m.

The Guardian’s view on children’s reading: books to themselves | Editorial Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:54:00 +0000

IIf there was one good thing coming out of lockdowns, it was improved book sales and reading rates, especially among children. A survey of 70,000 children and young people by the National Literacy Trust, however, found that this gain has now disappeared: the figures are now equal to just before the pandemic, when the trust recorded the lowest levels of reading enjoyment (just under 50%) since he first asked the question 17 years ago. A concurrent study of 8,000 children aged five to eight found that almost one in five didn’t have a book at home.

These questions do not relate to basic literacy but to the habit of reading: the children questioned spoke of books giving them topics of conversation; entertainment and information; to read helping them to understand people who are not themselves; to find in books a place of escape and an attenuation of loneliness; help in dealing with difficulties. “It helps me understand how I feel. It’s because I find it difficult to express my emotions and I prefer not to bother anyone,” as one child said.

Children who read at home are six times more likely being able to read beyond expected levels, while a study of 160,000 adults from 31 countries found that children whose homes held at least 80 books, but whose schooling ended at 13 or 14 years old, were “as literate, numeric, and technologically adept in adulthood as they were in college. graduates who grew up with only a few books”. Another found that these children also earned more.

It’s not that most parents and caregivers don’t understand this. A reason often given for the lack of books in the home is the cost of living. Almost a fifth of UK public libraries have closed in 10 years, while one in eight primary schools in England, rising to one in four in deprived communities, have no library or designated reading space. Moreover, the Department for Education, with its insistence on systematic synthetic phonetics, would do well to heed the number of children who told the National Literacy Trust that teaching in primary schools had deterred them from reading. Compared to other problems facing this country, it is relatively easy to solve the provision of varied reading materials. We owe it to the children to do it.

Reading books is like “eating Brussels sprouts” Mon, 19 Sep 2022 15:19:00 +0000

A book a day keeps you away.

Quirky rapper and Pete Davidson former love rival Kanye West confessed that he had never read a book, then compared literature to disgusting green vegetables.

Yeezy’s comments came Friday on an episode of the “Alo Mind Full” podcast just a day after rolling stone reported that parents must sign nondisclosure agreements to send their children to West’s unaccredited $15,000-a-year Donda Academy outside of Los Angeles.

“I haven’t actually read any books,” West told hosts Danny Harris and Alyson Wilson.

“For me, reading is like eating Brussels sprouts. And talking is like receiving corn ravioli from Giorgio Baldi.

The “College Dropout” artist continued, expressing that he also had a Will Smith-esque fear for the future of technology.

Kanye West says reading is like eating Brussels sprouts.

“I can tend to be just, like, paranoid about robots, but that’s a way we have to exist,” said West, who produced “Stronger” from samples from the famous DJ duo imitating Daft Punk robotssaid.

“I mean, ‘Star Wars’ is my, you know, college. I spent way more hours in ‘Star Wars’ than I did in college,” West added, saying he predicts that our future will be like George Lucas’ universe from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

More head-scratching than his commentary is the Simi Valley K-12 designer’s exclusive Christian Academy, named for his late mother, author and teacher – one that featured uniforms from his contract Gap now terminated.

Parkour is part of the daily curriculum for nearly 100 students and Rolling Stone reported that principal and executive director Brianne Campbell, 28, has never officially held a post in education.

Kayne West recently admitted that he never reads a <a class=book and feels uncomfortable with robots. He is seen with his mother and author Donda West.” class=”wp-image-23916868″ srcset=” 1536w, 1024w, 512w” sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px”/>
Kayne West recently admitted that he never reads a book and feels uncomfortable with robots. On the right, he is seen with his mother and author Donda West.
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According to the Donda Academy website, it aims to “provide young people with the passion, purpose, and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in the world of tomorrow.”

Of a rare group of young people reading books Sun, 18 Sep 2022 04:11:33 +0000

By Vijay Phanshikar:

Because of the general shortage of such people, it is always a great pleasure to come across a group of young readers eager for physical books and happy to discuss the content in all sincerity. Such an experience last week was worth storing permanently in memory. The episode began with a phone call from a boy who politely identified himself before opening up the conversation. He said, in effect, “I belong to a group of many young people who are deeply interested in reading books – real books, not virtual books. We meet regularly to discuss the books we read. Would you please join our meeting at a time of your choosing? Of course, the Big Thinker is aware of a few book clubs that have been running regularly for some time. But this group was only young people who insisted on continuing to read books and to exchange them among the members. Joining them to discuss books was certainly a matter of great pleasure. And the experience turned out to be really pleasant. At a time when young people seem to be turning away from books, meeting so many boys and girls avidly reading books has certainly been good. During the session, the Big Thinker found them picking out a book for detailed discussion.

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The topic was quite heavy, but the quality of member contributions was really good. It was clear that those who participated in the discussion had thoroughly read the book and enjoyed sharing valuable responses about the content. After the discussion, the big thinker asked the members about their future plans – which, of course, were varied. Yet, as one said, indeed, “Sir, whatever we do in life, books will always be our companions.” Others nodded enthusiastically. “Where did you acquire such a love for books?” asked the great thinker. Quick came the response in a near chorus: “At home – and also from some teachers at school.” This answered all the questions – not just one – in one fell swoop. The habit of reading is inculcated only at a young age in most cases. The members of this group are fortunate to have acquired the habit of reading in their respective homes – as well as at school with certain teachers.

When a child sees elders reading books, they are more likely to pick up the habit. There may be occasional exceptions, granted, but the habit of reading in particular is acquired only in childhood. Such houses, unfortunately, are not many nowadays. And that’s why coming across groups of young people reading a book as an organized activity is so important. Chatting with the band members was certainly an invigorating experience, to say the least. Because they seemed to know a lot of things that people their age don’t usually know. They answered all questions correctly on many topics – without, of course, referring to their cell phones. The advantage of deep reading, so to speak.

Drag queens reading books to kids aren’t the problem – Baptist News Global Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:36:13 +0000

Seriously, Christians need to relax about Drag Queen Story Hour.

We have an epidemic of predatory pastors, but, yeah, let’s worry about drag queens reading books to kids at the local library.

Drag is performance, part entertainment, and part social commentary on gender. Sure, we could have a high-level theoretical conversation about performativity, signaling, homonormativity, and gender fluidity, and I have my own critiques of drag, but that’s not the point here.

Susan Shaw

The point is many Christians are freaked out because they think drag queens care for children simply by being drag queens in a public space with children present.

Drag Queen Story Hour began in San Francisco in 2015 when Michelle Tea took her baby to library story hours, but found them to be quite heteronormative — focusing on and assuming heterosexual families. So she decided to create something more inclusive, especially for LGBTQ families. And Drag Queen Story Hour was born. The concept quickly spread to libraries across the country where it was well received by the children and families who participated.

Of course, not everyone was happy about drag queens reading to kids. A petition to the American Library Association to stop Drag Queen Story Hours garnered 100,000 signatures, but the ALA responded by reaffirming its commitment to freedom of expression and ideas.

“The right is using gender and sexuality fears to recruit new followers and distract from its own current scandals.”

Today tackling the drag queens reading to children is a practical strategy to prevent the politico-religious right from watching its own house. The right is using fears about gender and sexuality to enlist new followers and to distract from its own current scandals, including clergy abuse and insurrection. It’s much easier to play on old stereotypes about predatory homosexuals than to address the beams in their own eyes.

A protester against drag queens reading to children holds a sign as groups of protesters gather outside the Jubilee Library on August 4, 2022 in Brighton, UK. (Photo by Martin Pope/Getty Images)

Certainly, sexuality is a component of drag. Many drag performers are gay men. Not all. Drag suggests that queer sexuality is not deviant. It’s not grooming. And, in fact, hearing this message early on may mean that children in the audience who grow up to be gay are better able to accept themselves and less likely to kill themselves, although there seems to be a feeling among many people on the right that it’s “better dead than fag”. Some on the right even want an America where queers are executed.

Now, that’s not to say the drag isn’t a threat. Drag is an incredible threat – to gender norms that subordinate women and vilify LGBTQ people – and that’s what the right is really afraid of, that drag could cause people to rethink gender and sexuality, that they could still lose their grip of power over heterosexual women and gender and sexual minorities.

Children themselves explore gender. Think of how many little boys might want to wear a princess costume before social constraints make them ashamed to do so. Many little girls want to be pirates and play baseball. Drag queens might help them think it’s OK.

“Incarnation is kind of a brake, isn’t it?”

You might be wondering what the Bible has to say about all of this. Well, embodiment is kind of a brake, isn’t it? At the center of our faith is a story of God taking over, fulfilling humanity and thereby redeeming humanity. The incarnation is not “God in a body”. The incarnation is God’s seal of approval on our humanity, a declaration of God’s radical inclusiveness to our humanity. It is a reminder, as our Quaker brothers and sisters would say, that there is God in every person.

Feminist theorists remind us that gender itself is a performance. Within our cultures, we learn to act like the sex we were assigned at birth. After all, there’s no set biological reason why women should wear dresses, paint their nails, carry handbags, and wear pantyhose. Nor is there an innate requirement for men to have every pocket, to have trouser sizes that take height and height into account, or to not have to shave their legs. .

We’re so desperate to strengthen this gender illusion that we distinguish fashion by which side of the shirt buttons are on, we charge women and men different prices for dry cleaning said shirts, and we have a separate bowling alley by gender.

Drag queens turned all that upside down. The same goes for the gospel, really. The good news is that in the community of God, we are all welcome to live as our authentic selves, neither male nor female, male and female.

Susan M. Shaw is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She is also an ordained Baptist minister and holds an MA and Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His most recent book is intersectional theology: an introductory guideco-written with Grace Ji-Sun Kim.

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]]> In RPGs, I’d rather read books than kill dragons Mon, 05 Sep 2022 22:01:28 +0000

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This article first appeared in issue 373 of PC Gamer magazine in September 2022, as part of our “Why I Love” series. Each month, we talk about our favorite characters, mechanics, moments, and concepts in games and why we love them so much.

I’ve always believed that the best part of developing a game has to be writing RPG-flavored text. This is where RPG scribes can get weird or scratch a particular writing itch without the pressure that comes with integrating it into the main story, even if most of them end up falling into the nebulous category of the “lore”.

Either way, I swallow it. There’s just something extremely decadent about that kind of flavor text. This is all so pointless, but developers like Bethesda and Obsidian are still spending what must be a sizable amount of time and resources on what, let’s face it, a significant number of gamers won’t bother reading. It’s a little treat. As if I was nibbling on sweets that I had secreted between courses in a fancy restaurant.