To Your Brain, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ — Science of Us

A cognitive psychologist on a question that annoys him.

Source: To Your Brain, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ — Science of Us

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The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Library | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

The main branch of the NYPL, located on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. (© The New York Public Library)

The main branch of the NYPL, located on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. (© The New York Public Library)

A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country’s largest library systems

Source: The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Library | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz

Bringing back “moss,” “blackberry,” and “bluebell” instead of “blog,” “chatroom,” and “database.”

“What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?”

“The Lost Words is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a catalogue and spelling book for kids, where the lost words in question comprise vocabulary about flora and fauna.”

Source: Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz

‘Dream of a House’ tours the eclectic home of writer Reynolds Price – LA Times

“What can things — furniture, everyday objects, art — really tell us about someone? If this book is any indication, plenty. What Price chose to surround himself with tells us about his obsessions, his affections, and perhaps even his perception of himself.”

Source: ‘Dream of a House’ tours the eclectic home of writer Reynolds Price – LA Times