Fiction books give a boost to the brain, says Stanford professor

Imagination is a powerful social tool. The novel provides us with a sustained window into another world, while still exercising the creative faculties that make us co-creators of the worlds we read about. Having said all that, I am aware that there may be some confirmation bias operating, as I here introduce an article that supports a belief I already hold about literature. New research by Stanford’s Joshua Landy ,…

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare iPad app

Will the celebrity interpretation spark or short-circuit a student’s own interpretive creativity? Were I to use this, I would want to use the video as one of several possible sources of authority, including the student’s own, original, interpretation. ‘So long lives this, and this gives life to thee’ The Sonnets by William Shakespeare allows you to enjoy, explore and understand these immortal works of literature as never before. All 154…