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Literary Links: Book Deserts to Book Desserts

We’re rounding up some of our favorite literary links from around the web. Here’s the latest on book deserts, secret library apartments, ice cream books, and more!
 details an NYU-led study on ‘book deserts’—poor neighborhoods lacking children’s books—across the country.

These numbers are staggering: “In the high-poverty neighborhood of Anacostia, 830 children would have to share a single age-appropriate book.”



Gizmodo makes an unemotional case for the six possible emotional arcs of a novel.

My emotional arc while reading this article was “…Fall and then a rise, like what happens to most superheroes,” which finally confirms my lifelong suspicion.



The Smart Set wonders why there are three identical tombstones in two different countries for Oscar Wilde’s wife, Constance.

“Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.” – Oscar Wilde



LitHub and Bronwen Dickey talk pit bulls, death threats, and stereotypes.

As a pit bull lover from Durham, NC, the story about Dickey being harassed at local literary stronghold The Regulator left me with “flames… flames, on the side of my face…”



6sqft peeks inside the secret apartments of New York libraries.

All of our childhood fantasies of running away Claudia Kincaid style have suddenly been rekindled.



Mashable readers are drooling over this chat with the anonymous founders behind the Ice Cream Books Instagram.

I just hope they’re scraping all of that delicious ice cream back into a bowl and eating it after they’re done smashing it on books.



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