Week 1/52: The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin


Short and left me feeling slightly smug. A perfect book to start 2011! Really, who is going to read a book about the so-called lost art of reading other than people who read quite a lot (which is why the NY Times Book Review didn't like the book much). But I love books like this — I collect books about books, about 1/3 of which are of the real-readers-are-disappearing-all-hell-is-breaking-loose variety. I read/collect books about books to be reminded why I read, why it's important, why I am compelled to enter into yet another story.

One quote: "This is the burden of technology, that we are never disconnected, never out of touch. And yet, reading is, by its nature, a strategy for displacement, for pulling back from the circumstances of the present and immersing in the textures of a different life."

And I say: this is why I read. Because when I have a hard day with the girls and am feeling very much like a stay-at-home-mom, I can immerse myself in something else — even for a few minutes. I don't like to be connected all the time. I turn my phone off, put my computer on the shelf and engage in another mind or another life. I don't think I could have survived three months in the hospital without the ability to lose myself completely in a book. Reading brought solace and the sense that life was teeming outside the narrow scope of my hospital room.

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

6 thoughts on “Week 1/52: The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin

  1. [Alert: friend of Alyssa’s chiming in from Prineville!] I’m the oldest of 3 girls too, Andrea, and I dearly love books. But how to find the time with two little ones (boys, in my case) is the neverending question. I got a special new bit of insight from this review–compartmentalizing deliberately, strategically, so that I can enjoy my reading time technology free. Brilliant!
    By the way, I LOVE your blog–your writing is fun and fresh, your energy contagious, and browsing your LibraryThingy is better than getting a massage. (Well, almost.) Can’t wait to read your thoughts on all 52.


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