Monday, January 13, 2014

Recommended (Slow) Reading

Drink Deep

“It’s no accident that the click-happy online universe can sap our focus and make it harder for us to read a full-length book with rapt attention. But old-fashioned reading is still essential, because it teaches lessons about human identity that we can’t get anywhere else. Making your way through a long, realist novel means taking a journey with another self; you look into people’s inner lives as you could never do by watching a three-minute iPhone video.”  

—David Mikics, op-ed, “In Praise of (Offline) Slow Reading,” The New York Times, Jan. 3, 2014 (Image: Mary Cassatt, The Reader, 1877)

• Editorial Comment: True enough. It’s been too long since a tweet left me rapt.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

Utah Winter

Original PeezPix for sale.

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