Two Books on Reading

I finished two books about books this week, A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel and The Lost Art of Reading :Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin. They are quite different; the Ulin book is one 150 (little) page essay while the Manguel is many essays on several sorts of topics.

A quote from Ulin:
Reading, after all, is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction, a matter of engagement in a society that seems to want nothing more than for us to disengage.

and a quote from Manguel:
The ideal library is both secluded and public, intimate and open to social intercourse, meant for meditation and for dialogue, parsimonious and generous, erudite and questioning, full of the despair of plenty and the hope of what has not yet been read.

Both very recommended. I am waiting on The Library at Night.


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