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Though it may seem like a case of flogging a dead horse, the recent NEA report on the supposed dismal state of American reading habits continues to generate some interesting discussion on what it actually means to be a reader in today’s world. Carlin Romano has written a thoughtful opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he discussses a shift in reading habits that the somewhat alarmist NEA report overlooked: “literary reading, like all reading, may not be so much in quantitative decline as shifting from a recreational to work-oriented activity full of challenge, difficulty, and potential achievement. Such a shift would hardly warrant the report’s judgment that ‘literature reading is fading as a meaningful activity.'”

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Read Carlin Romano’s essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education