๐Ÿ“‘ Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

Bookmarked Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read (The Atlantic)

To me, it doesnโ€™t seem like narcissism to remember lifeโ€™s seasons by the art that filled themโ€”the spring of romance novels, the winter of true crime. But itโ€™s true enough that if you consume culture in the hopes of building a mental library that can be referred to at any time, youโ€™re likely to be disappointed.

Books, shows, movies, and songs arenโ€™t files we upload to our brainsโ€”theyโ€™re part of the tapestry of life, woven in with everything else. From a distance, it may become harder to see a single thread clearly, but itโ€™s still in there.

Julie Beck discusses reading and suggests that unless we do something with it within 24-hours then it often disappears. Associated with this, she recommends reading more slowly if we are to take them in. This builds on Ryan Halliday’s point to do something with what you read. I am also left wondering about the connections with digital literacies to support this.

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