We know that books are transporting objects, taking us everywhere from Dickensian England to the dystopic futures of William Gibson’s imaginings. Emily Dickinson said that ‘There is no frigate like a book/ To take us lands away’.
We reflect little, however, on the virtues reading demands of us and which it fosters – virtues such as patience, courage and temperance.
A new book by philosopher Damon Young explores six virtues of reading, and he offers an insight into his own reading practices and pleasures.
I spoke to Damon recently about his book The Art of Reading.
The Art of Reading is published by Melbourne University Publishing.
Damon will be appearing at a few events as part of the 2016 Sydney Writers Festival to talk about his new book and about everyday philosophy.
Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 16 April 2016.