Hold the hysteria: NEA report is flawed, according to Village Voice writer

Paul Collins argues that the methodology behind and assumptions underlying a recent NEA report that reading is declining in the U.S. are flawed:

read the wording of the question: “The survey asked respondents if, during the previous twelve months, they had read any novels, short stories, plays, or poetry in their leisure time (not for work or school).” It will come as news to historians and memoirists, working in the two most vibrantly evolving genres of the last decade, that what they create does not constitute “reading.” Nor, for that matter, do essays or graphic narratives.

See, Bergdorf Blondes is literature; Persepolis is not.

(Via Arts Journal.)


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