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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
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In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in... show more
In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way. In this book, Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America. There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers. Oprah's Book Club is hugely influential, and a recent NEA survey reveals an actual uptick in the reading of literary fiction. Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books, however, suggest that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well, with proper focus and attentiveness, with due discretion and discernment. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you--the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. In contrast to the more methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to Read a Book (1940), Jacobs offers an insightful, accessible, and playfully irreverent guide for aspiring readers. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of approaching literary fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, and the book explores everything from the invention of silent reading, reading responsively, rereading, and reading on electronic devices. Invitingly written, with equal measures of wit and erudition, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction will appeal to all readers, whether they be novices looking for direction or old hands seeking to recapture the pleasures of reading they first experienced as children.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780199747498 (0199747490)
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 162
Edition language: English
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Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it
4.0 Practically my Life Philosophy as Written by Someone Else.
A while back my teenage son drifted into the room where I was reading, tilting his head to catch the title of the book in my hands. It was that venerable classic How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren. "Oh man, he said, "I had to read that in school last year. Maybe I learned so...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
4.0 The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
A thoughtful, insightful, and enjoyable commentary.
I'm Reading...
I'm Reading... rated it
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Some reviews:So Many Books: http://somanybooksblog.com/2012/04/02/the-pleasures-of-reading/
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3.0 The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
A pleasant little book. Reading is enjoyable, don't get too caught up in just wanting "to have read"--where you don't actually read anything but just finish things. But don't just read crap, either. You're special because you read. That's the book.
Leslie's Book Fort
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5.0 The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
A wonderful little book of short essays on various aspects of reading - the pros and cons of e-readers (this author finds that his Kindle has improved his concentration), the value (or lack thereof) of reading lists, the various reasons for reading, and of course, the effects of the internet and the...
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