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  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
  • Alan Jacobs
  • English
  • 13 April 2018
  • 9780199747498

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free download The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction download æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Alan Jacobs Alan Jacobs ↠ 3 summary St that many readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are reading well with proper focus and attentiveness with due discretion and discernment Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is first and foremost good for you the intellectual euivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts For such people indeed for all readers Jacobs offers some simple powerful and much needed advice read at whim read what gives you delight and do so without shame whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible In contrast to the methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to R. This book is best enjoyed slowly a few pages at a time I expected Jacobs to be stuffy but he won my heart when he called Harold Bloom a snob Lots of good nuggets and insights for book lovers Cowboy Smith readers lack confidence; they wonder whether they are Cries in the Night reading well with proper focus and attentiveness with due discretion and discernment Many have absorbed the puritanical message that Justice at Cardwell Ranch reading is first and foremost good for you the intellectual euivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts For such people indeed for all Cowboy Who Came for Christmas readers Jacobs offers some simple powerful and much needed advice Cradle of Solitude read at whim Cowboy Under the Mistletoe Buchanons #1 read what gives you delight and do so without shame whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible In contrast to the methodical approach of Mortimer Adler's classic How to R. This book is best enjoyed slowly a few pages at a time I expected Jacobs to be stuffy but he won my heart when he called Harold Bloom a snob Lots of good nuggets and insights for book lovers

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free download The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction download æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Alan Jacobs Alan Jacobs ↠ 3 summary 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 Alan Jacobs argues that contrary to the doomsayers reading is alive and well in America There are millions of devoted readers supporting hundreds of enormous bookstores and online booksellers Oprah's Book Club is hugely influential and a recent NEA survey reveals an actual uptick in the reading of literary fiction Jacobs's interactions with his students and the readers of his own books however sugge. I loved this book A helpful corrective to the bucket list approach to reading Jacobs is even willing to take some shots at the venerable How to Read a Book Adler Van Doren Perhaps verging on blasphemous to literary enthusiasts the book is also a necessary voice of admonition in an age when we are all susceptible to veering toward a list like 10 Books Everyone Should Read and its related variants Jacobs speaks about the importance of reading based on whim or rather Whim re reading and is even refreshingly open to the aid of technology to the task of reading The book challenges and confronts what seems to be axiomatic principles of reading and I felt than a little rebuked by Jacobs on a number of occasions and welcomed it gladly sadistic child that I am Jacobs speaks with humility yet is bold enough to point a finger at the elitism inherent within bibliophiles and calls us out on some of our most valued beliefs At the risk of usurping much of what he took pains at length to eradicate I d like to label the book a must read especially for YOU Why you Because you re on Goodreads which means you love books which means you d profit from much of what the professor would have to say I believe you ll find his thesis convincing maybe even liberating I d also like to note that this is likely going to change the way I do reviews on Goodreads and hopefully for the better