• ISBN: (Paperback)9780522867602
  • ISBN: (E-Book)9780522867619
  • PUBLISHED:28/Mar/2016
  • IMPRINT:Melbourne University Press
  • SUBJECT:Popular philosophy

The Art of Reading

Damon Young

  • Paperback $27.99
  • E-Book $12.99

We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored?

In The Art of Reading, philosopher Damon Young reveals the pleasures of this intimate pursuit through a rich sample of literature: from Virginia Woolf's diaries to Batman comics. He writes with honesty and humour about the blunders and revelations of his own bookish life.

Devoting each chapter to a literary virtue—curiosity, patience, courage, pride, temperance, justice—The Art of Reading celebrates the reader's power: to turn shapes on a page into a lifelong adventure.

About the author

Damon Young is a prize-winning philosopher and writer. He is the author of seven books, including How to Think About Exercise, Philosophy in the Garden and Distraction. His works are published internationally in English and translation, and he has also written poetry and short fiction. Young is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

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    • Distraction
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    • We all know what it is to be distracted—a feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be.Though it is not a new complaint, at work and at home, in our social lives and in the bedroom, our attention is often torn between one thing and another. What does it mean to be distracted, and why? In this insightful journey through the lives ... Read more...

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    • Philosophy In The Garden
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    • In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young explores one of literature's most intimate relationships: authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude's quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life.Philosophy in the Garden reveals the profound thoughts... Read more...

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