Is Reading Overrated?

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“Let’s take the following, by way of almost random example, from Charles Kingsley: ‘Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.’ Gosh. Any living man? Any book? Nothing else can compete? Flowers? Sunsets? Palladian villas? Pastrami sandwiches with extra pickles? Rubbish.”

Rick Gekoski ponders humanity’s love of books in the Guardian.


LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mom Egg Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. Visit her at latoyajordan.com. More from this author →