Discovering brainy meals in an age of mental canapés

Everyone agrees that the way to literacy is to read, read, then read some more. But in this era of mental canapés, a brainy meal in current affairs is hard to find. With newspapers getting thinner and thinner before they succumb to the anorexia of no readers, and...

Real news about reading

Real news about reading Why do we read? For Galileo, the Greek philosopher, it was a way of having superhuman powers; for Kafka, the Hungarian writer, the “axe for the frozen sea within us”; for Carl Sagan, the American astrophysicist, “proof that humans are capable...

Fake news about reading

The modern world is rife with short lists to accomplish big goals: five secrets to success, six ways to get rich, seven steps to getting in shape, eight ways to read more books this year. Fake news, I say, especially the last claim. I’ve been reading voluminously all...