Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Uprise Books on Kickstarter

Quote of the day: “Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” John Adams

Song of the day: The Fixer by Pearl Jam

Date: October 26th, 2011

State of mind: amused and inspired.

Link you should click.

Love books? Like thumbing your nose at authority? Here’s a fund raising effort where you can combine the two. You have 5 days left to help Uprise Books put banned or challenged books into the hands of teenage readers (that meet certain income requirements. I figure that means, “If they can’t afford to buy the books themselves”).

I adore this idea, because it’s a novel (har har) approach to getting kids to read; especially kids that are probably the least likely too. Why? 1) By making the books available to begin with and 2) all teenagers want to do what they are told by adults not too. In fact, a local high school English teacher uses this very approach in her class. She gives the students a list of banned books and tells them to pick two to read. Suddenly students that normally balk at assigned reading were eager to participate. (Kids. So damn contrary. I was never like that...)

Which the people behind this project know as well. From their site:

… we think that the idea that these texts have been banned and challenged might motivate these kids to actually read the things. A sixteen-year-old boy might not care that the Radcliffe Publishing Course called The Great Gatsby the best novel of the 20th century, but his inherent teen sense of rebellion might entice him to pick up a book challenged because of its “language and sexual references

So, hark back to when you were young and rebellious and give Uprise Books a hand.

Show quote of the day: “Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a - it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It’s-it’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible, it should be, um, smelly.”

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