Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Are So Important 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, 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.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It's a fairly small volume and it had a promising beginning, but devolved into a rather dry (to me) series of quotes and passages from the works of other authors that did nothing to tell me why THIS author was feeling that reading is becoming a lost art.