Sunday, January 6, 2008

Twilight of reading

A great article can be found here which discusses the future of books, print journalism and the internet. The news isn't good. But readers, I would argue, have always been a small and passionate group. And reading has always been under assault.

But read this.

Ruskin once compared reading to a conversation with the wise and noble, and Proust corrected him. It’s much better than that, Proust wrote. To read is “to receive a communication with another way of thinking, all the while remaining alone, that is, while continuing to enjoy the intellectual power that one has in solitude and that conversation dissipates immediately.”

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