How to read now : : essays

Title How to read now : : essays
Names Castillo, Elaine.
Length 9 hours, 8 minutes
Book Number DB113659
Title Status Active
Narrator Castillo, Elaine.
Language English
Annotation "How many times have we heard that reading builds empathy? That we can travel through books? How often have we were heard about the importance of diversifying our bookshelves? Or claimed that books saved our lives? These familiar words-beautiful, aspirational-are sometimes even true. But award-winning novelist Elaine Castillo has more ambitious hopes for our reading culture, and in this collection of linked essays, "she moves to wrest reading away from the cotton-candy aspirations of uniting people in empathetic harmony and reposition it as thornier, ultimately more rewarding work." (Vulture) How to Read Now explores the politics and ethics of reading, and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not just with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and entangled histories. Smart, funny, galvanizing, and sometimes profane, Castillo attacks the stale questions and less-than-critical proclamations that masquerade as vital discussion: reimagining the cartography of the classics, building a moral case against the settler colonialism of lauded writers like Joan Didion, taking aim at Nobel Prize winners and toppling indie filmmakers, and celebrating glorious moments in everything from popular TV like The Watchmen to the films of Wong Kar-wai and the work of contemporary poets like Tommy Pico. At once a deeply personal and searching history of one woman's reading life, and a wide-ranging and urgent intervention into our globalized conversations about why reading matters today, How to Read Now empowers us to embrace a more complicated, embodied form of reading, inviting us to acknowledge complicated truths, ignite surprising connections, imagine a more daring solidarity, and create space for a riskier intimacy-within ourselves, and with each other." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
Medium Digital Books
Audience Notes Female narrator. NLS/BPH
Unrated. NLS/BPD
Local Subject Unrated - UNRAT
Literature - 800
Language - Linguistics - 410
LC Subject Books and reading - Sociological aspects
Imperialism in literature
Literature and race
Literature and society
Reading
Nonfiction
Nonfiction
Essays
Call Number 418.4 ANF
Released 2023
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress, 2023.
Original Publication Reissue of: New York, New York : Penguin Audio, 2022. 9780593590546
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