Walk into any bookstore or library, and you'll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren't assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.
Hosts George and Kate welcome filmmaker Josh Fox to the program this evening. He will be talking about his new film Gasland Part II, which will premiere in the Lehigh Valley at a special showing on June 17th at Broughal Middle School on the campus of Lehigh University. Josh will be at the premiere in Bethlehem, participating in a special Q&A after the film. (Original air date June 10, 2013.)
James Franco (from left), Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride all play versions of themselves in the post-apocalyptic comedy <em>This Is the End,</em> written by Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg.
Host Kenn Michael speaks with Ben Bertalan, Chief Film Wrangler, Glenn Koehler, Director, Jeff Vaclavik, President about the 10th Annual South Side Film Festival, June 11 through the 15, films will be screening at the Victory Firehouse, Sinclair Lab Auditorium, and Broughal Middle School, including a Children’s Film Series, screening at Godfrey Daniels.
The novelist Tao Lin, because he is young, narcissistic and computer literate, gets the "voice of Generation Y" treatment a lot. It's a safe way of pinning down the uncontainable paradox that is Tao Lin: On the one hand, he's meek, cripplingly shy and unusually talented. But on the other, he can be remarkably alienating.
Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 11:48 am
I'm surrounded here at NPR Books by people with sophisticated, grown-up tastes — happy to dive into the latest Claire Messud or Daniel Alarcon or James Salter. Meanwhile, give me — any day — a book about teenagers (and preferably dragons). A good YA novel is a polished gem of solid storytelling, but more than that, it draws us back in time to the teenagers we once were — or never were, or wanted desperately to be.
There have been several incidents, even fights, during recent New York theater performances. An argument over a woman nosily unwrapping her Twizzlers, a man throwing a Web-browsing woman's cell phone across the theater. What is going on? Are audiences less well mannered today?
We sent NPR's Margot Adler to find out.
MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: I'm standing around the TKTS line on Broadway, where tourists and New Yorkers line up for lower priced tickets. Are audiences increasingly boorish?
Longtime readers know that one of my favorite pop-culture blogs ever invented is Smart Bitches Trashy Books, which offers a home for romance readers (who are legion) to both love their books and laugh at their books.