The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

Series: Episodes, 093
Tags: Episode 115, Episode 119, Episode 125, Episode 54, Episode 93
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Year: 2011
ISBN: 9780199747498


Alan Jacobs is one of my very favorite nonfiction writers. I feel smarter after I've read them, and like my soul has been spiffed up, too. Don't miss my conversations with Alan Jacobs on the RAR Podcast: #145 The Importance of Reading at Whim and #163: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind.


In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Americans are not reading enough, they say, or reading the right books, in the right way.
In this book, Baylor University Professor Alan Jacobs argues that, contrary to the doomsayers, reading is alive and well in America. And the best kind of reading of all is reading at whim.

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