Link Round Up

Today is a good day to let other people say wise things to you, since a couple did, and I should share that with you.

Seanan McGuire: Books and Poverty. Hard to say what poverty will look like in the future, but this is what poverty still looks like now. And I won’t get started on the digital gap in other countries. Books remain an important way to reach people.

Julia Rios gives you a good primer on the recent gay in YA situation. If you have interest in this topic, several strong web researchers are making it very possible for you to follow the argument.

Hope your Mondays are coming along swimmingly.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

2 thoughts on “Link Round Up”

  1. It looked as though the conversation over there was thoroughly inhabited, but I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

    Popular literature has been taken away from the poor because it doesn’t generate enough of a profit. Look at the thriving little collection of periodicals and paperbacks the next time you go into a Mexican grocery — people make livings with that stuff, and people have affordable, available, current reading material.

    But they took the paperbacks out of corner groceries and liquor stores. And the comic books. Newspapers are dying not because they can’t turn a profit, or because Craigslist is stealing their thunder. They’re dying because of one or two points worth of profit messing with their credit flow.

    And newspapers are the daily reading of the poor. Much of America’s most significant fiction was published in newspapers, where it became part of the main stream of the culture.

    I hate to say it, but a flower can’t bloom without roots. The literary world is killing itself with convenience.

  2. This is decidedly true, inasmuch as the poor cannot purchase a book that is their own conveniently.

    The exception being this: the library. The library still remains the last great bastion of books for anyone.

    Of course, books still exist at used books shops and garage sales and schools. That’s where I got most of my stuff.

    But yes, the possibility of purchasing these materials is limited more so than it used to be.


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