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Candy corn, not vegetables

We all need to read more. Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. In his article, Dahlby says that, according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Americans invest 16 minutes a […]

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A little TV in your head

I remember when my daughter Mary Elizabeth read lots of Beverly Cleary books. I was sad when I heard that Cleary died recently, but I smiled when I read an obituary that mentioned a letter one girl wrote to the author. Reading, the girl wrote, is “like having a little television set in your head.” […]

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Read a poem

“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June,” Sartre once said. And, it’s is lovely, too, to go for a walk in January. And, it is lovely, too, to read a poem in June.

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Enlarge your world

I just visited Washington, D.C., with Bob Woodward when I read Rage, and, before that trip, I visited the forests of California with Robert Powers when I read The Overstory. I am thankful for books during this pandemic! “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all,” Jacqueline […]

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Summer reading

Summer is a wonderful time for reading a good book. Henry Stevens once said, “Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread.” We found that quote in the Interabang Books online newsletter.

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We need silence

We live in “an oversaturated culture,” says David Ulin in his book The Lost Art of Reading—Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. We “skitter across the surface.” We are “awash in distraction…What we need is silence.” And books! And time for reading.

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Why do we read?

“We read to know that we are not alone,” C.S. Lewis once said. And, R.D. Cummings once said, “A good book has no ending.” I recently found those two quotes on the wall near a bookcase in Tulsa . –Joy

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