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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

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Table of Contents

Yes, we can ; Whim ; All in your head ; Aspirations ; Upstream ; Responsiveness ; Kindling ; Slowly, slowly ; True confessions ; Lost ; Abbot Hugh's advice ; The triumphant return of Adler and Van Doren ; Plastic attention ; Getting schooled ; Quiet, please ; One more, with feeling ; Judge, Jury, Executioner ; In solitude, for company ; Serendip ; How it all started

About the Author

Alan Jacobs is a professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. His books include The Narnian, a biography of C.S. Lewis, Original Sin: A Cultural History, and a Theology of Reading. His literary and cultural criticism has appeared in the Boston Globe, The American Scholar, and the Oxford American.


A vigorous and friendly exhortation to get back into the kind of reading that made you a reader in the first place. * Library Journal * lively volume...prepare to be engrossed. * Times Higher Education Supplement * what could be nicer to read than a book about how nice reading is? * Steven Poole, The Guardian * Delightful yet discombobulating * The Wall Street Journal * fascinating study * Writing Magazine * He writes with is excellent * The Tablet *

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