MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology 7

On Books and Reading

In this Anthology, Ken Myers talks with poet and former National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia about the decline in reading among Americans of all ages and education. Also discussing the benefits of reading and the tragedy of its decline are literary critic Sven Birkerts, painter Makoto Fujimura, columnist Maggie Jackson, pastor-theologian Eugene Peterson, preacher and media ecologist Gregory Reynolds, and portrait painter Catherine Prescott73 minutes.

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    Makoto Fujimura: “We’re losing our capacity to empathize with the outer world . . .”
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    Sven Birkerts: These students “didn’t seem to have the empathic will to cross over and imagine themselves in” a Henry James short story
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    Catherine Prescott: When Frederick Douglas “learned to read, he could give words to his passions which helped him to think and to put together what things mean . . .”
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    Birkerts: “A book is also a piece of history . . . ”
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    Prescott: The presence of a book “is something that connects you to everything inside . . .”
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    Gregory Reynolds: If we don’t attend to the nature of media we will become their victims
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    Maggie Jackson: “Attention is the stepping stone to the highest kind of human that we can be . . .”
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    Eugene Peterson: on reading with his wife and his congregation
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    Gioia: on strategies for recovering good reading habits