“I was electrified by his celebration of narrative, empathic imagination, and startling insights.”
—Joe Hill, author of The Fireman
“David Ulin’s soul is up for grabs. The digital era has sunk its hooks into him, and politics has corroded his spirit. But Ulin has found a powerful and instructive form of resistance in his lifelong love of books. The Lost Art of Reading makes us consider our own souls in this crucial moment, and reminds us why books matter. A necessary and deeply human read.”
—Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble
For anyone who has forgotten the joy and rewards of reading. This former L.A. Times book critic has expanded an earlier version of this short treatise, which is packed with ideas about what we experience when we read. Ulin rages on about the importance of critical thinking and its connection with citizenship and resistance during this current period of political divisiveness and uncertainty. Complete with a brand new introduction and afterword, this book will whet your appetite to begin reading again.
—The Detroit Free Press
Why read? Books open windows to other worlds and breed empathy, yes, but there’s another reason. “I am looking for authority, intelligence,” writes David L. Ulin in his short but vital book, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). “The last thing I want is someone to tell me what to think.”
–The San Francisco Chronicle