On Readers & Reading
“In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings.” (Amazon)
An “A” list of writers on reading: Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, Melvyn Bragg, A. S. Byatt, Germaine Greer, Doris Lessing, Edna O'Brien, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Sue Townsend, and more.
“Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books” — Wendy Lesser
“How Reading Changed My Life” — Anna Quindlen
“The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading” — Phyliss Rose
A bit pedantic, like all of Bloom's books, but well worth the read. His meanders are fascinating and useful.
“The Library at Night” — Alberto Manguel
“...a wide range of responses to the question at the heart of literary criticism: how best to read a text to understand its meaning.” (Amazon) Frank Lentricchia
“My Life in Middlemarch” — Rebecca Mead