Shortcuts to Being a Copious Reader

reading kid“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.”

-C.S. Lewis, “Preface to On The Incarnation” 

The following is a selection from a longer piece I published recently over at Kuyperian Commentary. The audience there was readers of political blogs and journals, but many of my comments have more general appeal, which is why I chose to reproduce them here. Hopefully you will see similar posts appear here periodically.

Spending at least one day a week (e.g. Saturday) varying your normal reading habits:

1. Read Literature
Give time to Shakespearean plays like Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. The payoff will be a whole lot of insight into demagoguery, tyranny, patriotism, et al that can’t help but be relevant to considerations of American politics, Rand Paul, Barack Obama, etc.

2. Read Poetry
Poetry trains us to simplify complicated matters. The poet does that when Continue reading