Friday, January 13, 2012

Reading and young minds

One of the most enjoyable [and dangerous] things about Kindle is the ease of instantly possessing a book. I'm already reading On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling, the book to which I refer in the post just below. From Dirda's Preface:
Graham Greene famously observed that only in childhood do books have any deep influence on our lives. "In later life, we admire, we are entertained, we may modify some views we already hold, but we are more likely to find in books merely a confirmation of what is in our minds already." But when we are young, "all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune-teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water they influence the future."