Burkeman, insightful as ever (his third reason is the important one): These days, in the world of productivity and personal development, you can’t throw a… Read More »Oliver Burkeman on reading, forgetting, and shaping your sensibility
“I read a line and I like it enough to read the next”: George Saunders on Stories as Linear Temporal Phenomena
From the so-far excellent A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: Years ago, on the phone with Bill Buford, then fiction editor of The… Read More »“I read a line and I like it enough to read the next”: George Saunders on Stories as Linear Temporal Phenomena
In reality, what more agreeable entertainment to the mind, than to be transported into the remotest ages of the world, and to observe human society,… Read More »Children in Understanding: David Hume on Reading (history)
If on a winter’s night a whippet I want to share a quote with you that I think about a lot. It’s from a book… Read More »McKinley Valentine (and Italo Calvino) on how reading changes the past
It may sometimes be expedient to put snot in your empty coffee cup. You may regret it later when drink a refill.
I highly recommend the Craft of Research as a guide to structuring and writing research. It also contains – in Chapter Seventeen of the third… Read More »The Craft of Research: Booth, Colomb and Williams’ four rules for writing clearly
You can’t force young people into literature. They need to be led by pleasure and wonder. Creating a new generation of readers is important. When… Read More »“Led by pleasure and wonder”: Dana Gioia on creating a new generation of readers