Friday, September 8, 2017

Reading as an endless bowl of mashed potatoes.

Fifty-two percent of men, 50 percent of white respondents and 68 percent of Republicans reported never reading books by authors from traditionally marginalized groups, compared to 41 percent of women, 37 percent of black respondents, 32 percent of Hispanic respondents and 38 percent of Democrats. While breakout authors of color have enjoyed critical and sales success in the past few years, as Jones noted, the readership of such books appears to come predominantly from more traditionally progressive demographics ― most likely readers who are already sympathetic to the experiences and ideas of the authors.

-Claire Fallon, In A World That’s Stranger Than Fiction, Are Americans Still Reading Books?, HuffPo, 9/8/17

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