Saturday, August 21, 2010

Two about reading from NPR

Classic Lit No Longer Makes The Grade Among Leaders

NPR notes that world leaders no longer seem to immerse themselves in the classics - unlike Yeats,* Alexander the Great, who slept with the Iliad under his pillow, or John Adams, who read Thucydides in Greek. Click for more.

*Thanks to an alert friend for calling attention to my  having heard "Great" as "Yeats."


Why Johnny Can't 'Deep Read'

In the audio of this NPR story about "deep reading," Google Chairman Eric Schmidt laments the loss of this faculty. More here.

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