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Better Read: A General Theory of Democracy, Literacy and Participation in America

53 pages46 minutes


Amid a welter of movies, creative writing programs and Shakespeare- and Dickens-worship, is it still possible to read the old-fashioned way, for pleasure and enlightenment, for self and country? An American writer reads the signs of our times, from iPads to organic foods, and finds improbable cause for optimism.

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