Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Monday, September 08, 2003  

"There's not much indication... that reading substantially improves anyone's character -- in fact, it often seems to have the opposite influence. Nor does it sweeten the disposition. The imperious Harold Bloom could well serve as Exhibit A to that effect, which may be why I like his take on reading best. 'The pleasures of reading indeed are selfish rather than social,' he writes in 'How to Read and Why.' If great books enlarge us, we also find such 'augmentations' enjoyable. Solitary pleasure is finally the only real reason for reading, which makes it sound more like a vice than a virtue."

-- Laura Miller in an article entitled "The Great Books Workout" in yesterday's New York Times Sunday Book Review. (Link via The Bookslut.)

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