“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

January 8, 2018

A memorable line from Wallace Stegner’s Recapitulation, “Someone handing you a book is akin to taking a can opener to your mind— letting in the air of books and ideas. As Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

The gift of being a reader

January 1, 2018

Reading demands Staying awake Slowing down and Noticing These attributes, once acquired, seep into every aspect of life— They are not just reserved for reading.


James Thurber believed, it is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers

December 9, 2017

Since James Thurber was born in the month of December I want to take this opportunity to call attention to some of his books that are sadly not known by many adults and children alike. The holidays give us the opportunity to be with family and what better way to celebrate the gift of family […]


Read with Owl Sight, with the intent to perceive rather than merely to see

November 26, 2017

Too many people think of reading as a mental workout-They read like hummingbirds.How fast can they read to finish the book as if there is a finish line to cross. Readers need comprehension, not speed in their reading. All too often people base the merit of a book on whether you liked it or not. […]


Reading Beyond Borders

October 21, 2017

In 2014, the Man Booker prize was opened to writers beyond the Commonwealth, Ireland and South Africa. Since then, 2 Americans have won the prize—Paul Beatty’ Sellout and George Saunders, for Lincoln in the Bardo. But America has been reluctant to reciprocate the Booker’s openness. The US’s National Book Award, the Pulitzer prize for fiction […]


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