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Sammy Evans

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Mark Z. Danielewski: Revolutions, Revelations and Remediation

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Mark Z. Danielewski: Revolutions, Revelations and Remediation

“America’s foremost literary Magus […] He transmutes the pages of base books into rare new forms and formats” – The New York Times

Danielewski’s work is “a verbal structure made for puzzle solvers- cerebral doers of crosswords, readers devoted to decoding, practitioners of mental calisthenics longing to flex and possibly display their muscles” – LA Times

“Many would say that Mark Z. Danielewski’s books are unlike any others on Earth […] He might be the only novelist whose text can stun at first glance […] Danielewski has astronomical talent no matter how big the literary universe gets” – Book Slut Read More

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How Have Government Cuts Affected Our Public Libraries? A Passionate and Angry Plea in the Defence of Libraries

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A Passionate and Angry Plea by Sammy Evans.

Since the coalition came to power in 2010, libraries – along with other cultural services – came under attack as an easy austerity target with the government demanding financial cuts. Here are a few facts and figures:

  • Since 2010, £35bn of government spending has been cut, with the plan to cut a further £55bn by 2019.
  • As of May 2015, government funding for councils is 53% lower than it was in 2010.
  • Since 2010, the amount of people who use their libraries in the UK has fallen from 40million to 282million and over 350 libraries across the UK have closed down under coalition cuts.
  • This figure is set to rise to 1, 000 closures by 2016.
  • Currently, of the ones that are left open, many are not open for more than 10 hours a week.

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20 Covers That Will Give you Major Book Envy- But Which Are Totally Affordable

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Books in themselves are beautiful things. But, for me at least, there is a certain aesthetic appeal in buying a particularly attractive book. It will, after all, be gazing at me from the bookshelf for years to come. Aestheticism is the reason why I have four different editions of The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe, two editions of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy and multiple editions of works by Lewis Carol, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens. There is, of course, more to a book than looking pretty, but I am very proud of my bookshelves – and even more so when I have visitors – and so I have embraced my fetish: hardback, cased, clothbound and – dare I say it –  leatherbound with gold emboss.

This can, however, be a pricy hobby, so I have rounded up 20 of my favourite book covers that are affordable, most of them being £20 and under. Enjoy!

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Friends: The One With All The Books

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Ross Geller: 

We all know Ross Geller is a giant geek. And we wouldn’t want him any other way. Frequently quoting theories of evolution, palaeontology and historical facts, Ross is a lover of books and grammatical correctness.

One of my favourite episodes though, is ‘The One with Ross’s Library Book’.

Learning that his doctoral dissertation is in the university library, Ross goes to pay it a visit (naturally). A severely neglected part of the library, Ross discovers that the palaeontology section is only used by students to make out in. Deciding to defend his turf, Ross ends up fooling around with a student himself… The moral of the story is that books are bad and inevitably lead only to sex.

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Newsletter Prize Draw

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Hello! This is just a quick post to say thank you to everyone who has subscribed to the For Reading Addicts Newsletter! By the time it was due to go out we had 409 subscribers, which is brilliant for such a short amount of notice time! I promised that everyone who signed up before the 1st July would be entered into a Poetic Pieces prize draw, so here we go…

 

Winner: Claire Knight, subscriber 236!

 

Well done Claire, we will e-mail you a formal notification of your prize and you will need to reply with your address.

 

Thank you to everyone who has subscribed, we are creeping up to 500 already! If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do so here.

I hope you enjoyed the first newsletter and will continue to stay tuned each month,

 

Sam.

 

 

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The Literary Gender Divide

By | Guest Blogs, Reading Habits | 6 Comments

“Why are 80% of 250,000 people women? Do men not read, and then when they do, do they not read fiction?”

For Reading Addicts has an incredible 250, 000 + followers on Facebook, and yet 80% of these are women. I can’t claim to have a profound knowledge of the gender divide when it comes to reading because I always assumed that it was irrelevant – when knowledge and enjoyment is the outcome of something, surely all you need is a brain and not specific genitalia?

But, as the statistics show (don’t they ruin everything?!), I have been living in my own little naive world. A 2013 US survey shows that 74% of women are more likely to read a print book, compared to 64% of men, 33% of women are more likely to read an E- book, compared to 23% of men and 15% of women are likely to listen to an audio book, with 14% of men closely following. So if in both categories women are 10% more likely to read a print book or E- book than men, and there is only a 1% difference in the amount of men and women who listen to audio books (there was no one with visual impairment in the study) – is it reasonable to assume that the men who find pleasure in fiction or non- fiction simply find it more leisurely and relaxing to not have to read the book? Maybe so, but this still doesn’t account for the 10% gender divide where reading actual books are concerned. Do women simply enjoy reading more, and if so, why?

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