The National Association of Scholars’ blog is asking people to list their 10 favorite fiction and non-fiction books. My list is here.
I’m reading other people’s lists to find new books to read. Though I majored in English and read my way through the canon, I know there are holes in my reading.
We can’t teach students to love reading, writes Alan Jacobs, an author and English professor.
Education is and should be primarily about intellectual navigation, about—I scruple not to say it—skimming well, and reading carefully for information in order to upload content. Slow and patient reading, by contrast, properly belongs to our leisure hours.
Serious “deep attention” reading always has been and will be a minority pursuit, Jacobs argues.