The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

by David L. Ulin

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The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570616709
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 589,904
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

A book editor for the Los Angeles Times, David L. Ulin has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and LA Weekly. He lives in Los Angeles.

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