This book started life as an essay, and was originally subtitled: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, I love how this book reminds me of all the little aspects of why I love books. Reading a real book as the author puts it is an “Act of Resistance in a landscape of distraction.” I hope that in reading this book you will find your way back to the page.
The new introduction and afterword bring fresh relevance to this insightful rumination on the act of reading--as a path to critical thinking, individual and political identity, civic engagement, and resistance.
The former LA Times book critic expands his short book, rich in ideas, on the consequence of reading to include the considerations of fake news, siloed information, and the connections between critical thinking as the key component of engaged citizenship and resistance. Here is the case for reading as a political act in both public and private gestures, and for the ways it enlarges the world and our frames of reference, all the while keeping us engaged.
About the Author
David L. Ulin is a critic, essayist, editor, and novelist. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the California Book Award and has been shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His writing has appeared in the LA Times (where he spent ten years as book editor and book critic), the Atlantic Monthly, the Nation, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Zyzzyva, Columbia Journalism Review, and on NPR's All Things Considered. He is assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.
“I was electrified by his celebration of narrative, empathic imagination, and startling insights.” —Joe Hill, author of The Fireman
“David Ulin's soul is up for grabs. The digital era has sunk its hooks into him, and politics has corroded his spirit. But Ulin has found a powerful and instructive form of resistance in his lifelong love of books. The Lost Art of Reading makes us consider our own souls in this crucial moment, and reminds us why books matter. A necessary and deeply human read.” —Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble
For anyone who has forgotten the joy and rewards of reading. This former L.A. Times book critic has expanded an earlier version of this short treatise, which is packed with ideas about what we experience when we read. Ulin rages on about the importance of critical thinking and its connection with citizenship and resistance during this current period of political divisiveness and uncertainty. Complete with a brand new introduction and afterword, this book will whet your appetite to begin reading again. --The Detroit Free Press
Why read? Books open windows to other worlds and breed empathy, yes, but there’s another reason. “I am looking for authority, intelligence,” writes David L. Ulin in his short but vital book, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). “The last thing I want is someone to tell me what to think.” --The San Francisco Chronicle
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