“Reader’s block” might refer to anxiety about reading some intimidating book; reluctance to read at all; or that special frustrating phenomenon where you drag your eyes over the lines of a page without taking anything in. Sometimes it's the result of a philosophical mistake about reading.
What Is It
What should you be reading this summer—and how should you be reading it? We’re often told that fiction offers us entertainment, moral examples, and lessons about life. But are we getting too quick to dismiss complicated fiction—the kind that doesn’t have straightforward heroes and happy endings? Josh and Ken talk to writers and philosophers about reading and misreading for your summer pleasure.
- Maryanne Wolf from UCLA on the neuroscience of (mis)reading
- Thomas Pavel from the University of Chicago on the role of genre in (mis)reading
- Antonia Peacocke from Stanford University on "reader's block" and other reading mishaps
Books discussed on the air
Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Thomas G. Pavel, The Lives of the Novel: A History
Cynthia Voigt, Homecoming (The Tillerman Cycle)