Friday June 19, 2009

I will be using this blog mainly to recommend books by others – or, occasionally, to criticize them.  And, yes, I am well aware of the marketing principles that advise against this.  But I love books generally, and hope you will buy plenty of them, whether mine or someone else’s. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 05:22pm

The importance of books to democracy

Friday June 19, 2009

Have you ever thought about the importance of books to democracy?  I have in mind not just literacy, or reading, but actual, physical books. I have been giving the matter a lot of thought lately, trying to understand why democracy spread as books spread, not as literacy spread; and why, as books decline, the respect for the opinions of others that lies at the heart of the democratic process also seems to be dying. ...

Posted by Stephen Carter at 05:20pm