Tag Archives: reading

The Top Ten Most Influential Travel Books

From Smithsonian Magazine:

Even before there were armchairs, voracious bookworms traveled the world just by reading.

Most people didn’t have any other choice, even after there were armchairs. And before armchairs, how many people could read?

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Silent reading isn’t so silent, at least, not to your brain

From Neurotic Physiology (scientopia.org):

If you’re reading this sentence, chances are you’re reading it silently (if you’re reading it out loud, hey, that’s cool too). Your lips aren’t moving, you’re not making any sound that other people can hear. But are you making “sound” in your head? Many people who read silently do so by imagining a voice speaking the words they are reading (and often, it’s your own voice, so there’s even a specific “tone”. I wonder if this is what makes people react so strongly to some blog posts). This could be because when we learn to read, we associate symbols with verbal sounds until the association is effortless (as for reading learning in the deaf, it may occur another way).*

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Secret Lives of Readers

From The Chronicle Review. Until I read this article, I had no idea that their were people studying reading in the manner explained here:

How do we recover the reading experiences of the past? Lately scholars have stepped up the hunt for evidence of how people over time have interacted with books, newspapers, and other printed material.

“You’re looking for teardrops on the page,” says Leah Price, a professor of English at Harvard University and the author of How to Do Things With Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton University Press, 2012). “You’re looking for some hard evidence of what the book did to its reader”—and what the reader did with the book.

In the overall scheme of things, I wonder why?

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623 of the Best Books

From A List of Books:

13 “Top 100 Books” lists combined and condensed in to one master list, for the benefit of your reading pleasure. 623 books in all — a lifetime of reading potential!

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You Are What You Read

From The Wall Street Journal:

A lucid exposition of how Proust put his reading to work in the creation of “In Search of Lost Time.”

I must admit that I’ve never had the courage to read Proust’s 3000 page novel. And…if “you are what you read,” goodness, I must be a randomly developed personality. My reading is all over the place.

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PJ O’Rourke on Political Satire

From The Browser—FiveBook Interviews:

PJ O’Rourke talks Swift, Huxley, Orwell and Waugh and says we now live in the world of 1984 but, instead of being a horror show, a television that looks back at you is just a pain in the ass.


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14 Definitions of What Makes a Book a Classic

From the Atlantic:

So what, exactly, is a classic, and why should we care? Richard J. Smith, in discussing the iconic ancient Chinese Book of Changes, offered a four-point checklist definition and Simon Crtichley showed us how to read them. But perhaps the most essential question is why the classics should be read. That’s exactly what beloved Italian writer Italo Calvino addresses in his 1991 book Why Read the Classics? (public library) — a sort of “classic” in its own right. In this collection of essays on classical literature, Calvino also produces these 14 definitions of a “classic”:

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