Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

Why do we read? For pleasure? For intellectual gain? To become “cultured”? To explore the depths of human imagination and mentally push oneself out of one’s comfort zone? Clearly, each individual’s answer involves a mix of these, so the better question for this week might be: what is the best reason to read in an era […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

At what point, when reading, should you just give up? This is possibly one of the most important questions   we face as readers in the digital age, when time is scarce and our collective reserves of attention are even scarcer. If you’re one of those who would like to pretend that this question doesn’t […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

As I’ve mentioned before in this column, I disdain those privileged, pretentious or otherwise old-school notions of what it means to be literary. If a book makes you feel and imagine in startlingly new ways, what does it matter if it isn’t considered serious literature? What does serious literature even refer to, anyways? When I […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

Try as you might, it’s quite a hard deed To find appropriate time to read Novels for pleasure throughout the semester Without it becoming a lame source of pester, Know this, there’s a way to stay literary That isn’t nearly as time-consuming or scary As committing yourself to the vast hours needed To ensure your […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

How should one go about finding new books and authors to read? Literary reviewers? Blogs? Those websites that match you up with a good read, eHarmony style? Ambling about Tisch and choosing stuff arbitrarily? I’d recommend initially using online critical resources, many of which can be found through major news organizations like NPR or The […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

When asked about my favorite books, I’ll sometimes draw a complete bank. It might sound strange to some, but questions like that feel like unfairly timed pop quizzes to me. Perhaps they are because, in my head, I take a convoluted route to answering questions that involve picking favorites. When asked about my personal favorites, […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

What is the role of a writer in the 21st century? Is literature dying? Will novels ultimately fade away and be replaced by “The Jersey Shore” (2009-2012)? These are tough questions, and as usual, I’ll be facing them with some wimpy but well-intentioned answers. If you look at some of the most commercially successful films […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

In the 21st century, some things have changed and others haven’t. Folks may still be reading Moby Dick, but is reading the classic 1851 whale tale any different on the smooth yet phony inky-looking surface of a Kindle?  Today’s question: whether or not reading something on an e-Reader, Kindle or other device that would have […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

Some quick Google searches (the source of all momentous research) about the decline of pleasure reading reveal some doomsday-like headlines: “The Decline of the American Book Lover,” “America Closes the Book on Recreational Reading,” etc. According to a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts, these claims are at least partially substantiated by […]


Kevin Criscione | Ill Literates

Why should you read this column? Really, don’t you have something better to do? Studying? Stalking your crush in Dewick while pretending to read some lame column in the Daily? Blabbering to your friends via Gchat about how that joke account retweeted a link to a Tumblr post linking to a Buzzfeed article about that […]


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