Review: The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful counterpoint to Adler and Van Doren. Jacobs advocating whim-directed reading, reading for the sake of delight and interest, instead of an ideal such as “moral improvement” or “being well-read”. His regular interactions with and appreciation of reading technologies such as blogs and Kindles is enjoyably contrarian in the face of the “end of books” crowd. His anecdote about the fellow who put the book to his ear and didn’t hear anything showed up one too many times for me, but that was the only distraction in an otherwise stimulating and enjoyable book.

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