Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Light Reading

Casualty Report

“As many as six out of ten American adults have never read a book of any kind, and the bulletins from the nation’s educational frontiers read like the casualty reports from a lost war.” 

—Lewis H. Lapham, writer and former editor of Harper’s Magazine, author, Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy (2004) (Thanks to alert WORDster Armour Van Horn)

Editorial Comment: Nobody reads the bulletins from the front either.

PeezPix by Ted Pease


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  1. While I'm prepared to be as pessimistic as the next person when it comes to literacy, both Gallup and Pew have repeatedly polled Americans and found that somewhere between 75 to 83 percent of adults have read at least one book in the last year, much less in their entire lives. http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/part-2-the-general-reading-habits-of-americans/

  2. Lapham, apparently, is prepared to be a bigger pessimist than you, Brian.