Saturday, December 22, 2007

Twilight of the Books

What will life be like if people stop reading?
by Caleb Crain
Perhaps readers venture so readily outside because what they experience in solitude gives them confidence. Perhaps reading is a prototype of independence. No matter how much one worships an author, Proust wrote, “all he can do is give us desires.” Reading somehow gives us the boldness to act on them. Such a habit might be quite dangerous for a democracy to lose.

Read the article here: New Yorker 12/24/07

HT: Wittingshire
via Mental Multivitamin

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