In an extract from How We Read
, Irina Dumitrescu reflects on her experiences with reading overtime. She discusses university, poetry, drama and the challenges of reading fiction in a busy life. Personally, I have taken to listening to books of late, however I found myself lost between the different voices in the text. It occurred to me that I probably wasn’t reading, well at least not in a deep manner.
University, I realized, was as much about learning to read as it was about actually reading things.
Poetry, the great romance of my pubescent years, feels even more distant, requiring focus and receptivity I can rarely muster. Sometimes I wonder if the young read novels and poems because they are the only ones who can.