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In Defense of Books: A Case for Depth in an Age of Impatience

There are few tools as foundational to our identity, relationships, and understanding of the world and our place within it as those we use for communication and self-expression. Oration to the written word, the printing press to moving pictures, television to the internet: each technology shapes our self-understanding. But in today’s frenetic competition for eyeballs, clicks, and time, focused attention is a muscle under accelerated atrophy. Plugged in access and flitting among bits of online information are increasingly non-negotiable for work, education, and finding housing (or even love).

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