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Orson Welles and Roger Hill on Scientific Appreciation of Literature

The plain fact is that for a generation in American graduate university circles (since the advent of the German idea of scholarship through specialization) it has been impossible for our teachers or prospective teachers to attain scholarly distinction on the basis of broad appreciative study of literature. One hundred years ago Spencer opined hopefully and… Continue reading Orson Welles and Roger Hill on Scientific Appreciation of Literature

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Ideas on How To Read a Book

If you’re like me you probably have a list of books you want to read that you can’t seem to make time for. I’ve found some help with that—and a better way to approach most non-fiction books—in How to Read a Book. It was written in the late 30s by Encyclopedia Britannica writer, professor, and… Continue reading Ideas on How To Read a Book

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The Art of Slow Reading

… a literary revolution is at hand. First we had slow food, then slow travel. Now, those campaigns are joined by a slow-reading movement – a disparate bunch of academics and intellectuals who want us to take our time while reading, and re-reading. They ask us to switch off our computers every so often and… Continue reading The Art of Slow Reading