David Ulin

former book critic of the Los Angeles Times; author of “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time”

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With all the digital distractions around us, it’s difficult to stick your head in a book and keep it there for very long.

What’s lost when we don’t read deeply

With all the digital distractions around us, it’s difficult to stick your head in a book and keep it there for very long.

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Philip Roth died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He was 85. His career began in the 1950s, and lasted almost until the end of his life.

Remembering Philip Roth

Philip Roth died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. He was 85. His career began in the 1950s, and lasted almost until the end of his life.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Los Angeles author and teacher Carolyn See died    Wednesday    in Santa Monica. She was 82.

Remembering Author Carolyn See

The Los Angeles author and teacher Carolyn See died Wednesday in Santa Monica. She was 82.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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