George Orwell http://nwpr.org en Book News: Polish Poet With Mission To 'Create Poetry After Auschwitz' Dies http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-polish-poet-mission-create-poetry-after-auschwitz-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Polish poet and playwright Tadeusz Różewicz, who was a member of the resistance during Germany's occupation of Poland in World War II, has died, according to <a href="http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/169109,Poet-Tadeusz-Rozewicz-dies-aged-92">reports in the Polish press</a>. He was 92. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 44958 at http://nwpr.org Book News: Polish Poet With Mission To 'Create Poetry After Auschwitz' Dies For This British Author, If It Bleeds, She Reads http://nwpr.org/post/british-author-if-it-bleeds-she-reads The first thing you need to know about my guilty pleasure is that you probably share it. George Orwell certainly did. He writes about it in his 1946 essay, <em>Decline of the English Murder</em>: "It is Sunday afternoon ... Your pipe is drawing sweetly, the sofa cushions are soft underneath you, the fire is well alight, the air is warm and stagnant. In these blissful circumstances, what it is that you want to read about? Naturally, about a murder."<p>Are you so different? Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Louise Doughty 41933 at http://nwpr.org For This British Author, If It Bleeds, She Reads Book News: Reading And Writing Slow Dementia, Study Says http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-reading-and-writing-slow-dementia-study-says <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A <a href="http://neurology.org/content/early/2013/07/03/WNL.0b013e31829c5e8a">study</a> published in the scholarly journal <em>Neurology </em>[subscription only] says that, although there is no cure for dementia, "reading, writing, and playing games" can slow the disease's progress. The scientists, led by Robert S. Wilson, asked 294 patients about their reading habits over the course of about 6 years, and then tested their brains for dementia after their deaths. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 30565 at http://nwpr.org