Cory Leonard

The lost art of reading

In career, tech on November 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

If you liked the article, you’ll love the book.  (Well, maybe not, says Christopher Beha).  Even so–the idea that reading is an “act of defiance” and a countermeasure to the speed and distractions of modern life–and an essential mark of the educated, examined life–all point in the right direction.

Here we have the paradox, since in giving up control we somehow gain it, by being brought in contact with ourselves. “My experience,” William James once observed, “is what I agree to attend to” — a line Winifred Gallagher uses as the epigraph of “Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life” (Penguin Press: 244 pp., $25.95). In Gallagher’s analysis, attention is a lens through which to consider not just identity but desire. Who do we want to be, she asks, and how do we go about that process of becoming in a world of endless options, distractions, possibilities?

via The lost art of reading – Page 4 – Los Angeles Times.


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