Note: this article has been updated in April 2017.
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Back in 2014, Pearson released their Learning Curve. This education assessment service gathered the information of The Economist Intelligence Unit, did extensive desk research, and interviewed the world’s education leaders to report each nation’s ability to prepare students for the modern workforce.
Folks who read our blog know that Lesley and I love reading, and that we read a lot. Moreover, we like to draw from time to time, as well as write about books and authors. Today’s post is just about all of that.
Unappreciated writing is as good as dead.
Every person, from a college student who writes essays to a pro writer, is struggling to get recognition.
If you think that being dependent on others’ opinion is beneath your dignity, I have a shortcut for you: just press CTRL+W. (And those writing gems with zero hassle are offered to click a small ‘x’ at the right top of this tab).
And if you belong to endangered species (i.e. open to fresh thoughts), there is good news for you: I’ve prepared the unique material on the topic. Fine, I hate overextended intrigues too, so let’s go.
Updated February 2016
‘There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.’
Famous authors attract enormous attention. Sometimes daily rituals, habits and customs of famous writers are quite weird indeed. Fans are trying to copy out the behavior of their idols, their wardrobe, and even make numerous plastic surgeries to become one step closer to the stars. The motivation behind such behavior can be explained for sure. It might be either irrational (just to have fun) or rational – to get the same results. E.g., Jack London was a huge fan of Rudyard Kipling, and he rewrote (i.e. w/o a typewriter) his books.
It usually helps me write by reading – somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear.
– Steven Wright
Reading is a new fashion. Again. And it’s cool. We bet, you all can find and cite many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person and his way of thinking, and how awesome it is to sit on your cozy sofa, reading your favorite book and diving (not literally of course) into this imaginary and so wonderful world…
And all such statements are true actually. Many famous writers, singers, politicians, and even movie characters prove the fact of reading’s great influence on people’s mind: if you take a look at their bookshelves, you’ll definitely be surprised. Continue reading