The Lost Art of Reading

The Lost Art of Reading

Why Books Matter in A Distracted Time

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Blending commentary with memoir, Ulin addresses the importance of the simple act of reading in an increasingly digital culture, emphasizing the importance of reflection and pause allowed by stopping to read a book, and the focus required to let the mind run free in a world that is not one's own.

Perseus Publishing
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, the seriousness and depth. Ulin emphasizes the importance of reflection and pause allowed by stopping to read a book, and the focus required to let the mind run free in a world that is not one's own. Far from preaching to the choir, The Lost Art of Reading is a call to arms, or rather, pages.


Baker
& Taylor

An expansion of the author's Los Angeles Times essay explores the personal and cultural importance of reading in today's increasingly digital age, blending commentary with memoir to explain how the act of reading promotes engagement and mental freedom.

Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Sasquatch Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781570616709
1570616701
Branch Call Number: 028.9 ULI
Characteristics: vi, 151 p. ;,19 cm.

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Sep 11, 2019

A must-read if you feel constantly tugged away from the deep meditative practice of long-form reading by our instantaneous--and often anxiety-provoking--access to information online. In this 151-page essay, David Ulin takes us along with him as he contemplates his teenage son's shocking assertions that literature is dead and reading is over. Along the way, he reflects on what literature means to him, his history of reading and how it shaped him, and how using new technology (including books themselves when they first became widely available with the invention of the printing press) can rewire our brains. He also talks about how literature has served as a common narrative for societies and how this has changed in recent years. He shares his own struggles with immersing himself deeply in a book (and, importantly, he is a book critic) because of the distractions of emails, social media, and the internet in general. He finishes the essay by sharing innovative ways that people are combining media forms and changing reading, leading us to conclude that reading is not over, but changing. Overall a great read. A little difficult to follow and connect all the dots all of the time--I think chapters and subheadings would have helped me as the reader, but overall I'm glad I read it and I was able to contemplate for a while about why reading (books) really matters today more than ever. This book was published almost a decade ago, but has even more relevance with passing time.

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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.

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hiking1957
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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