The Educated Unread

Was a time that if you were educated you read. Seriously. Now you can be educated and not have to read. “We are, as the experts like to say with a horrified sense of wonder, aliterate – able to read, and read well, but disinclined to do so. We can blame time and tiredness, changing technologies and altered priorities; still, a reluctance to read is not all that different from an inability. As Mark Twain observed, in that terribly trenchant way of his, ‘The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them’.”