vol. 10, num. 3 :: 2011.02.11 — 2011.02.24
Reading is an activity conducive to being snowed in or sunning by the lakeside or riding the train for the morning commute. What other activity (besides perhaps listening to music or napping) is so widely and wonderfully applicable? Reflections on reading and favorite books.
Confessions of a recent convert to the e-reader.
A defense of the book and, above all, the living Word.
How a book loyalist came to appreciate the company of an e-reader.
On the loss of love letters in a technological age.
Lessons from a writer, to a writer, transcend the boundaries of time and space.
An apologetic for the imaginative power of books over movies.
On the interaction between the stories on the page and the stories stuck between them.
A tribute to a formational book that still speaks wisdom after 115 years.
A mom looks back on her favorite books and ahead to her own daughter's young reading years.
A review of the young adult novel Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar.
A review of the book Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams.
A review of A.J. Jacobs' book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.
A shameless fanboy's reflection on books that help us believe.
Chronicling an English major's complicated relationship with books.
Roadtrip musings from wandering bookseller extraordinaire Byron Borger.
Lindsay Crandall recounts a liberated year of record-keeping.
Gregory Wolfe, editor of a print journal, on the merits and dangers of virtualization.
The more I read, the more I felt connected across time to other lives and deeper sympathies. I felt less isolated. I wasn’t floating on my little raft in the present; there were bridges that led over to solid ground. Yes, the past is another country, but one that we can visit, and once there we can bring back the things we need. Literature is common ground. It is ground not managed wholly by commercial interests, nor can it be strip-mined like popular culture—exploit the new thing then move on. There’s a lot of talk about the tame world versus the wild world. It is not only a wild nature that we need as human beings; it is the untamed open space of our imaginations. Reading is where the wild things are.
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Hat tip: David Dark
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