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Holy Batman! People are reading novels again?

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Technically, yes. The National Endowment for the Arts released a report this morning that more Americans are actually reading fiction than in the past:

Among its chief findings is that for the first time since 1982, when the bureau began collecting such data, the proportion of adults 18 and older who said they had read at least one novel, short story, poem or play in the previous 12 months has risen.

This seems like a positive development, though it still worries me that the criteria used by the NEA is “at least one novel, short story, poem or play”–and over the course of one year!

Come on, people: is it too much to better yourself by reading more than one book a year?

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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