June 22, 2009

I hadn’t heard of this until today and yet…

I LOVE the idea.

The National Endowment for the Arts is sponsoring a program called “The Big Read” to restore reading as a part of the national culture. How cool!

http://www.neabigread.org/

My biggest beef, usually, with “must” read lists, is that they’re very very long. For quick readers, like me, it might make that list seem a bit daunting, but doable, but for slower readers, the task would seem insurmountable.

The NEA’s recommended list is comprised of thirty works and includes poetry, plays, fantasy and even short stories. A well rounded group.

I only discovered the NEAs efforts when adding “My Antonia” to my living social page. One of the books, presumably published with the NEA Big Read seal spoke briefly about the program and I googled.

So, I will be picking up “My Antonia” by Willa Cather tonight, a book I have been intending to read since High School and feeling a little bit better about the part I’m playing preserve national culture. Maybe you could do the same??

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