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A book editor for the Los Angeles Times, David L. Ulin has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and LA Weekly. He lives in Los Angeles.
I am a reader who, during a few anxiety-driven years, found myself caught up in a dizzying attempt to be connected and "in the know," leaving very little time for reflection. I believe that Ulin is speaking to that kind of reader. His essay is an exhortation to inspire the distracted reader to remember what they once knew, as opposed to an argument to convert the resistant to a reading life. --The Everything of Books Will the current tsunami of state of the art technologies trump the state of the heart technology of the art of reading? Or, as David Ulin articulates in "The Lost Art of Reading, " will books matter in our increasingly distracted time? The argument unfolds most sharply in the hearts and minds of those at the cusp of our culture's future, both our children and yours. Is reading, like technologies, interim, and is its time up? My teenage sons hate to read. It is not a fair fight between reading and the seduction of mobile phones, social media, texting and video games to which they so readily habituate themselves. It's action, and the way it winds my boys up like junkies on speed is regrettable. Ulin makes the opposing argument beautifully through the vehicle of interaction with his son, finding that fair is only a point of view often rooted to and from our past behavior. Then, Ulin neatly brings me to an epiphany almost like the Stockholm s