The Lost Art of Reading

The Lost Art of Reading

Why Books Matter in A Distracted Time

Book - 2010
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Reading is a revolutionary act, an act of engagement in a culture that wants us to disengage. In The Lost Art of Reading, David L. Ulin asks a number of timely questions - why is literature important? What does it offer, especially now? Blending commentary with memoir, Ulin addresses the importance of the simple act of reading in an increasingly digital culture. Reading a book, flipping through hard pages, or shuffling them on screen - it doesn't matter. The key is the act of reading, and it's seriousness and depth. Ulin emphasizes the importance of reflection and pause allowed by stopping to read a book, and the accompanying focus required to let the mind run free in a world that is not one's own. Are we willing to risk our collective interest in contemplation, nuanced thinking, and empathy? Far from preaching to the choir, The Lost Art of Reading is a call to arms, or rather, to pages.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781570616709
Branch Call Number: 028.9 ULIN
Characteristics: vi, 151 p. ; 19 cm


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Nov 28, 2015

The description of the essay says it all, but it is nevertheless an enjoyable book to read, especially if you - like myself - largely agree with it already.

Dec 06, 2012

This was an interesting little book. I think I agree that no matter what the venue if it gets them reading that is the important part but some of us will probably never totally give up the paper book.


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