The Lost Art of Reading by David L. Ulin
Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

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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, and it's seriousness and depth. Ulin emphasizes the importance of reflection and pause allowed by stopping to read a book, and the accompanying focus required to let the mind run free in a world that is not one's own. Are we willing to risk our collective interest in contemplation, nuanced thinking, and empathy? Far from preaching to the choir, The Lost Art of Reading is a call to arms, or rather, to pages.
 

About David L. Ulin

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A book editor for the Los Angeles Times, David L. Ulin has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and LA Weekly. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 1, 2010 by Sasquatch Books. 162 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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An “odd sort of distraction” has hindered the art of reading, David L. Ulin says.

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Publishers Weekly

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Expanding on a 2009 essay, Ulin, former book review editor of the Los Angeles Times, addresses the act of reading and its place in our information overloaded age.

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Star Tribune

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David Ulin is passionate about his love of books, and his belief in our need for books.

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Book Forum

Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin would readily admit that what, how, and why one reads inevitably change over time.

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Florida Times-Union

He points out how similar these types of readers are, surrounding themselves with touchable stacks, paper rather than electronic, of their favorites.

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