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Joe Hayden writes on the importance of reading

June 25, 2012

Joe Hayden, associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis and author of The Little Grammar Book (Marion Street, 2012), published a lively article on literacy among recent high school graduates, and discusses the importance of reading (and writing), in the Sunday, June 24 edition of The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.).

"We must try to reinvigorate the importance of reading — and the culture of literacy — before students come to college," said Hayden. "New media aren't going away and they're not evil. ... But whatever their virtues, most of these cool new tools will never be a satisfactory substitute for books because they can't give us enough sustained exposure to, and experience in, words."