How to Read Now

£14.99

How many times have we heard that reading builds empathy? That we can travel through books? How often have we were heard about the importance of diversifying our bookshelves? Or claimed that books saved our life? Of course, these beautiful words are sometimes true. But reading is Рand can be Рmore powerful, more relevant, and more vital than we currently let it be. What do the clich̩s and good intentions we rely on to talk about the warm fuzzy feeling of reading gloss over or sell short when it comes to the critical skills reading fosters, and the range of emotions reading allows us to explore? Castillo illuminates Рand insists upon Рour potential to become better readers, readers who will wield the power of reading ruthlessly, effectively, and to startling result to enact equity, kindle authentic connection, and clear space for voices to be heard.

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‘I cannot say enough about How to Read Now… Check it out’ Roxane Gay’A red-hot grenade… One of my favourite books of the year’ Jia Tolentino’Energetically brilliant, warmly humane, incisively funny’ Andrew Sean Greer’I gasped, shouted, and holler-laughed . . . Phenomenal’ R.O. Kwon’A wake-up call. A broadside. A rich and brilliant war cry’ Chris PowerHow many times have we heard that reading builds empathy? That we can travel through books? How often have we were heard about the importance of diversifying our bookshelves? Or claimed that books saved our lives? These familiar words – beautiful, aspirational – are sometimes even true. But award-winning novelist Elaine Castillo has more ambitious hopes for our reading culture, and in this collection of linked essays, she moves to wrest reading away from the aspirations of uniting people in empathetic harmony and reposition it as thornier, ultimately more rewarding work. How to Read Now explores the politics and ethics of reading, and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not just with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and entangled histories. Smart, funny, galvanizing, and sometimes profane, Castillo attacks the stale questions and less-than-critical proclamations that masquerade as vital discussion: reimagining the cartography of the classics, building a moral case against the settler colonialism of lauded writers like Joan Didion, taking aim at Nobel Prize winners and toppling indie filmmakers, and celebrating glorious moments in everything from popular TV like The Watchmen to the films of Wong Kar-wai and the work of contemporary poets like Tommy Pico. At once a deeply personal and searching history of one woman’s reading life, and a wide-ranging and urgent intervention into our globalized conversations about why reading matters today, How to Read Now empowers us to embrace a more complicated, embodied form of reading, inviting us to acknowledge complicated truths, ignite surprising connections, imagine a more daring solidarity, and create space for a riskier intimacy – within ourselves, and with each other.

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Weight 0.46 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.5 × 2.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

304

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

428.4 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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