The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time
David L. Ulin
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 12th 2010
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
, Literary Criticism
, Books About Books
This version of The Lost Art of Reading by David L. Ulin is a revised edition previously published in 2010. It contains a new Introduction and Afterword reflecting important cultural and technological changes that have occurred over the past eight years. Ulin uses these updated sections to describ...
I'd have given it 4 stars for the elegant prose and the fact that it held my attention in spite of his favourite authors not being mine but he disappeared down a rabbit-hole on page 9 and never quite came up again. So while he made several thought-provoking points about reading I'd be somewhat at a...
This is just one very long essay. It was hard to find any stopping points, every page I tried to stop at seemed to start in the middle of a very long paragraph.It was well written, but I think it would have been a better book if it had been broken up into logical chapters and developed into an entir...
A long essay, really. Honestly, if you are taking the time to read this book, you are probably cheering for Ulin on every page, as he shares with us, those who live to read, all the glorious joys of reading. Sadly, I just don’t see those who should be reading this book (you know who you are, you vid...
An interesting extended meditation. I suppose I expected more profundity.