Can fiction change reality?

This short video clip and accompanying transcript so aptly explain how fiction can change reality. The author suggests that Katniss in The Hunger Games could express our unease about corruption and capitalism, and that our quest for the “answer” might be found in The Hobbit. I think of all those novels I have read about…
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Bee Aware Month

My neighbours are doing it. Michelle Obama is doing it. They’re keeping bees! The National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand is highlighting the importance of bees, and this month is Bee Aware Month. Bees around the world are in trouble. A world without bees would be a very bleak place indeed. Much of our food depends on…
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In a bit of a jam

I always read the list of Fiction new titles that comes out each month. The librarian who creates this list puts enough information to whet the appetite and nicely indicates books that might appeal to all tastes. Jam by Jake Simons was a good example of this and made me curious: A state of the…
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