Monday, July 27, 2009

Why Read?
To rearrange what you thought you knew
To converse with unavailable people
To restock your conversational larder
To counteract creeping media mindlessness
It’s cheaper than shopping
To see how others do it
To taste the flavor of words
To get high-quality gossip
To discover new questions
For the joy of a graceful sentence
To go places you can’t get otherwise
And come back changed!
We need to teach people not only how, but also why to read. The struggle is not to make people read more, but to make them want to read more. (Andrew Solomon, THe Closing of the American Book (New York Times, July 10 2004)
Thank you Susannah Richards for sharing such great ideas at Edufest 2009 at Boise State University.


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