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From the Front Lines: Mirror works, window works

It’s time to broaden what we mean by ‘literature.’

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If you’re anything like me, you already know what kind of reader you are. You know you love young adult (YA), for instance, and you know why you love it. For instance, I love mysteries set in England. No, I don’t care where, nor do I care when. I love these stories for their settings, sure; but I also love them for their predictability and for their detectives, whom I always kind of recognize.

I also love these mysteries because they play into my sense of confirmation bias. When I meet the detectives, they are almost always a little disheveled. They almost always have some kind deep internal flaw borne of a long-ago slighting. A good number of them live alone. These characters re-affirm what I think of know of detectives, and that, in turn, makes me feel smart and happy. I also know that I don’t have to worry about solving the crime – the book will do it for me.

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