The perennial book – the Bible

A book offer popped up on my email the other day. Nothing newsworthy about that, you say, as book offers appear daily, weekly, monthly in inboxes, especially those of readers of books and book reviews. But this one was offering an ancient book presented in a new and...

Reading for my life…

…a continuation from Blog Number 44, July 2019 Why read fiction? “…to help us better understand human nature in its most glorious and wicked forms. That is the experience no one can appropriate because it is the one we all share—regardless of our racial, ethnic,...

Reading for my life

I had a lively, contentious conversation with my grandson a couple of weeks ago. His stance is ‘Reading, what is it good for?’ and his opinion is firmly grounded in the deep data of the electronic world. Using his intelligence and computer savvy in the privacy of his...

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...