This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by REMIND ME AGAIN WHAT HAPPENED by Joanna Luloff.
Survey Says, Decline In Leisure Reading
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest American Time Use Survey, the share of Americans who read for pleasure has fallen by more than 30% since 2004. The survey results also showed a higher drop in pleasure reading among men versus women. The article notes that the data doesn’t bear out the theory that the recent proliferation of computers, cellphones, video games, etc are to blame for the decline.
Harlan Ellison Has Died
The controversial speculative fiction writer passed away yesterday, at 84 years old. Ellison won numerous Hugos, Nebulas, and Edgars for his work, which included A Boy and His Dog. He contributed to TV series including The Outer Limits, Star Trek and Babylon 5. He participated in the Selma marches, but he was also infamous for being difficult to work with and litigious.
Become A Wizarding Prefect
And, like a prefect, do it for free. The North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railways Trust posted a vacancy for a Goathland Station, AKA Hogsmeade Station, volunteer wizarding prefect. Lead muggles on tours around the station and brandish your knowledge of the wizarding world.