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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday, November 24 - David Ulin

My guest tonight at 8 PM has lived a life of letters, first as a reader and writer, then as a critic and editor. David Ulin, book critic for the Los Angeles Times and, until recently editor of the Books section, wrote an important thought piece some months ago for that newspaper, considering what he identified as the diminished place of reading in society. He’s expanded and developed his investigation, his argument, and now has published The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time. This is a thoughtful, comprehensive, step-by-step personal examination, a diagnosis of a problem and a careful answer. It’s also a survey of the reading life of one David Ulin, who is the author or editor of many books, including The Myth of Solid Ground and a seminal Los Angeles literary anthology, not to mention hundreds of reviews. Thanks for listening.

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