More on the decline in reading

Jerome Weeks comments on two new articles on the decline in reading: one by Caleb Crain in the New Yorker arguing that we are losing not only the habit of reading but the ability to read, and one in Harper’s (subscription required) by Ursula K. LeGuin that says the apparent decline is partly an illusion based on corporate publishers’ mistaken expectations of making a lot of money from their newly-acquired literary publishing houses.

I’m adding Jerome Weeks’ blog to the blogroll. Thanks to Mark Rosenzweig for sharing this post with the PLG list.

One comment on “More on the decline in reading

  1. I dunno. Is it reading or reading of books?

    I can’t image an earlier time when people were so glued to their screens and keyboards as now.

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