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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
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May 22, 2011

really liked it
Read from May 22 to June 09, 2011

Dr. Jacobs is a brilliant scholar and a down-to-earth, hilarious, enjoyable kind of man. I am fortunate to study under him at Wheaton College's English Department. I expected an enjoyable and witty read- which I got, of course. And I was enlightened by many points of data, surveys, and facts both of present technology and of past reading habits. I've given Dr. Jacobs' book 4 stars instead of 5, not because of any negligence or error on his part, but because one or two major themes of the book did not strike home with me. Unlike Dr. Jacobs, I don't have a huge online presence. In fact, I am far more comfortable with the traditional book that with any form of technology, including e-readers, blogs, online articles, etc. Computers make me nervous as they seem to me intangible and inaccessible compared with a physical book or journal. Accordingly, I have never experienced many of the problems Dr. Jacobs describes in his book - the thoughts straying and hand wandering to check the iPhone of its own accord while attempting to read.

Other than this component, relevant to a good many other people I'm sure, I highly enjoyed the book. Written by a book-lover for other book-lovers. May our numbers increase :)
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