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  • Should we fear a world without books?

    Critics of the digital revolution warn that we're racing headlong into a world without books. I'm a big book fan myself, yet I wonder, as I read their critiques on my computer, is that such a bad thing?

  • Strict constructionist Chief Justice flubs oath, Obama presidency survives unscathed

    Article II, sec. i of the U.S. Constitution prescribes the presidential oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

  • Read all about it: Reading on the rise as economy falters

    With the economy down, Americans are reading again. According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults report reading a novel, poem or play in the past 12 months. It looks like reading may be an indicator of hard times.

    The NEA, whose budget was in decline even before the economy went South, is celebrating the first increase in "literary reading" in a quarter of a century, an exciting reversal in the long downturn in American literacy.

    According to the latest figures from the Census Bureau, all of us, whites, blacks, Hispanics, men, women, and children, are reading more novels, and young adults, ages 18-24, have shown the biggest increase of all, going from a 20% decline in 2002 to a 21% gain in 2008.

  • Eliminating masculine pronouns, Congressional old boys network goes gender-neutral

    The House of Representatives is going gender neutral. This week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced HR 5, a resolution rewriting the standing rules of the 111th Congress to eliminate generic masculine pronouns and any other linguistic remnants of this former government boys club. 

  • Pentagon tells soldiers, "We have ways of making you talk"

    The Pentagon has ordered all its soldiers to reveal what foreign languages they speak.

  • Top 10 Language Stories of 2008

    The end of the year is the time for the media look back on the biggest stories of 2008, the most-read articles, the best photos. The Weather Channel is reminiscing about the top 10 storms, ESPN is recapping the top 10 plays, and the Chicago Tribune has even celebrated the top 10 inventors to "meet their maker" last year (pun presumably intended), including the creator of the egg mcmuffin.