Imagine the excitement when you get an electronically breathless Twitter message from a dear friend announcing that she just posted a link on Facebook to a stunningly engaging novel she just listened to wirelessly on her electronic tablet. Does this make you feel warm and fuzzy all over, and just desperate to curl up all nice and cozy with your Kindle? Or, as we hear in Eileen Landay's encore essay, does this all-too-common scenario lead you to wonder where we're headed as a literate society?
Eileen Landay was the Clinical Professor of English Education, founder of the ArtsLiteracy Project and co-director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Brown University. She continues to teach at Brown and consult locally and nationally on topics related to adolescent literacy and the arts in education.