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Reading in the Time of Quarantine, Losing Literacy, & Favorite Reading Spots

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As we continue to trudge through this season of social distancing and everyone sheltering at home, we’re all finding it to be a struggle to do some of our favorite things. Y’know, like reading. So today, Karen Swallow Prior—one of our favorite guests from 2019—makes a return visit to the show to talk about reading habits, binge-watching, and generally class up the program.

Listen in as we discuss:

  • Which female literary characters men should make a point of studying
  • Why it’s hard to read in high-stress situations
  • How we can overcome losing the art of deep, uninterrupted reading
  • Why “TL;DR” is the worst
  • Why Karen started her new B&H classic literature series with Sense and Sensibility and Heart of Darkness
  • Where are our favorite reading spots
  • Why it’s a great idea to cite the people on your thesis panel

All this, plus a few listener questions! (Thanks Joe Waller and Richard Harbison!)


Karen Swallow Prior is the author of On Reading Well and has been a Professor of Literature at Liberty University and will be transitioning to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fall 2020. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


A few of the books we mentioned this week


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