Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WJS: The Triumph of the Readers

Need some good news? Here's a piece in the Wall Street Journal that points out the NEA finding that for the first time in 25 years, reading is up, and it's up among 18-24 year olds, "the ones who seem to have been born with iPod buds stuck in their ears. They've recently taken the biggest bump up in readership after years of the most significant decline."

Author Ann Patchett makes some good points, my favorite among them:

"I'm all for reading bad books because I consider them to be a gateway drug. People who read bad books now may or may not read better books in the future. People who read nothing now will read nothing in the future."

and

"If someone gave you a device with which you could see entire worlds just by holding it in front of your eyes, worlds of such beauty and complexity that they took your breath away, worlds of suffering and redemption, love and suspense and enlightenment, all of them there for the taking, wouldn't you want to show this device to everyone you knew?"

Hell, yes!

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