From the March, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Dog-Eared Pursuits by Anthony Esolen

Dog-Eared Pursuits

Anthony Esolen on the Importance of Not Reading

When I was a boy, if you read at age four, you were a genius, but there were things more important than reading. You could poke a stick in the sand of a ditch. You could crush a rock against the concrete to draw pictures. Recess was the heart of school, as play and not work is the heart of life. I’m a man now, surrounded by books, sentenced to sentences, yet the rebellious boy in me rises up now and then to whip them back to their dens. Why, the best Book I know is sweetest when seen and lived.

Why should that rebel read? What is the point?

Driftwood Fiction

This summer, among the driftwood my wife saved from the local libr . . .


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