The Big Read Blog (Archive)

June 8, 2007 Washington, DC Bloggers are a gaggle of ignorant blowhards. They are! All you have to do is speak ill of them and they fall all over themselves squawking about it, guaranteeing scads of free publicity to the unwary offender. There's no surer ticket to instant notoriety this side of the...
May 31, 2007 Washington, DC As you?ve probably guessed from David?s previous blogs, there?s a whole battalion of us at the NEA working furiously to get folks reading again. I work in communications, which means I do everything from helping Big Read communities develop their own publicity programs...
May 25, 2007 Washington, DC Calling all junior-high and high-school teachers: What are your students' favorite books? Not necessarily their favorite assigned books -- though if somebody says The Great Gatsby , nobody's going to try and talk 'em out of it -- but their favorite books, assigned or not...
May 11, 2007 Petoskey, Michigan Just when I think the Big Reads I'm seeing can't be improved on, I read about one that sounds even better. The link isn't up anymore, but you should have seen the picture and accompanying article that ran in the Petoskey News-Review on April 17, 2007. That's Petoskey...
April 27, 2007 Miami, Florida "And God keeps his appointment with Miami every sundown. Berthed on the east of Biscayne Bay, I can look to the western side, which I never fail to come top-side and do around sunset. Thus I get the benefit of his slashing paint brush all the way?The show is changed...
April 26, 2007 Stillwater, Oklahoma I bring this up because I'm about to blog about one of the better Big Reads I've seen in my travels so far, specifically The Grapes of Wrath in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, I visited Stillwater a couple of weeks ago. In my defense, I had just blogged the...
April 19, 2007 Washington, DC I?d be writing this post from my desk if I could still fit behind it. But after spending four meals last weekend with the 10-person Russian delegation who?ll be running the Big Read in Saratov and Ivanovo this fall, I?m lucky if I can see my toes. We met them for...
April 4, 2007 Kansas City, Kansas Please let me get this down before I forget too much of it. I just flew into Kansas City, Missouri, and rented a car from Janna at the Alamo counter, who noticed my Post-It-festooned Grapes of Wrath paperback and proceeded to fill me in on her classics-loving...
April 2, 2007 Norman, Oklahoma With cityreads, somehow everything just seems to go right the first time: A whole town comes together around the right book. That last-minute substitute speaker turns out to be better than the original would've. Strangers become partners and, stealthily, friends...
March 26, 2007 Galesburg, Illinois Reading a book with your neighbors, as the Big Read encourages people to do, is like seeing a movie with a live audience. It's the exception. More people will always read alone than in a group, just as more people nowadays watch movies by themselves than with a...

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