Imaginative literature is otherness, and as such alleviates loneliness.
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.
Here Jacobs discusses how his reading habits have changed since the advent (and distractions) of electronic devices: I get twitchy within just a few minutes of sitting down with a book—I have noticed that“Twice in your life you know you are approved of by everyone—when you learn to walk and when you learn to read.” ~ Penelope Fitzgerald I doubt few of us here on Goodreads need to be reminded of the pleasures of reading.
Here Jacobs discusses how his reading habits have changed since the advent (and distractions) of electronic devices: I get twitchy within just a few minutes of sitting down with a book—I have noticed that my hand will start reaching for my i Phone without my consciously telling it to, as though I am becoming a digital-era (but I hope slightly less creepy) Dr. About two years ago, I realized that I was reading fewer books than I had since age ten, and reading them less well—with less attention—and therefore getting less pleasure from the reading.There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous book In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America.There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers.He praises the Kindle as having helped to keep him focused on his reading.He covers a wealth of book related topics, such as ways of encouraging children to read and whether or not libraries should be quiet monuments to study and reflection, or chat-filled, gathering places for the community.He documented his time living alone, away from the bustle of civilization, and shared what he learned from this experience, in a book of essays that has become a classic of American literature, In one essay, "Reading", Thoreau expounds on the benefits and pleasures of reading.While he devotes a good part of his essay to arguing why people should read the Greek and Latin classics in their original languages, the bulk of his essay is spent on laying out his argument for why reading is such a vital and rewarding activity."No wonder that Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.I recently rediscovered two books sitting on the shelves of my home library that explore this topic. The other is by a writer from the 20th and 21st century --also from New England.In 1845, Henry David Thoreau lived in a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts.”You have to love a lit professor who counsels you to step away from the “must read list” and if you’re afraid of others judging you for not reading the proper books, lie.Tell them you read War and Peace and just read the synopsis on Wikipedia to get the plot gist.