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The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Hardcover)

by Alan Jacobs

On the Desire to Be Well-Read: A Review of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction 21

The advice of many aesthetes turns the reader’s capacity for pleasure into just another test of his cultural status—and the effect of this kind of sly pressure is to make it more difficult to distinguish what we enjoy from what we think we ought to enjoy.