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What I Learned: Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

I thought this book was going to be better than it actually was.

This book’s title is everything. It’s everything I want you to learn and to know and to understand. Maybe it isn’t everything but it sure implies everything.

I did like that Jacobs encouraged reading a variety of literature. He’s not hung up on high-brow reads an he understand the joy of being lost.

This was beautiful:

“This is why attentiveness is worth cultivating: not just because it is good for you or because (as Gallagher also says) it can help you ‘organize your world,’ but because such raptness is deeply satisfying. It is, really, what Whim is all about; what Whim is for.”

May you always pursue what being “rapt” brings.

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