As much as there is an art to creative writing, I also believe there is an art to reading.
Most everyone can read. But most of us read only for information. Our eyes run across the Facebook page, taking in the news feeds and other people’s lives. Then our eyes move on.
But, real reading–that is, reading literary art–is a discipline. The great books expect us to work harder than we do while flipping through Twitter. But the payoff is huge. And, for me, reading has played a fundamental role in keeping me alive.