Letter from the Editor

Sunday, 01 Jul 2018

In his book The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs writes that Americans tend to think of reading as something that is “good for you”—the intellectual equivalent of eating kale and jogging. While acknowledging the value of how-to-read books—such as the venerable How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren—Jacobs says that the grave, almost severe manner in which these authors stress the educational and spiritual value of reading has had the unintentional effect of elevating it to an almost sacramental act in our ...

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