Forming the Habit of Writing Well

Knowing the rules of an art is not the same as having the habit. Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book In my scheduled reading time (because it needs to be scheduled–spare time doesn’t exist in my current incarnation 🙂 ), I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite books: How to Read a Book by …

Book Review – The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

When you gather data, you become informed. When you read, you develop wisdom. With The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer gracefully takes up the torch long held by Mortimer J. Adler, and becomes the modern advocate for purposeful reading. She gives us her own interpretation of what it means to “read well” and, thankfully, holds our hand a little more …

How to Read a Novel – Part Two of Two

Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth. – Mortimer J. Adler I assume you’ve arrived at Part Two because you found agreement with Part One. Either that or you’re curious how wrong I can get things. …

How to Read a Novel – Part One of Two

There have always been literate ignoramuses who have read too widely and not well. The Greeks had a name for such a mixture of learning and folly which might be applied to the bookish but poorly read of all ages. They are all sophomores. – Mortimer J. Adler In my efforts to become a Better Person™, I spent some time …