Learn not by lecture but by entering the minds of others.
Are you a critical reader? That’s not a question about your taste. It’s a question about your awareness, your seriousness, the breadth of your knowledge, and your capacity to simultaneously enjoy and examine a text.
While books, films, theatrical experiences, poems, and other cultural expressions are simple entertainment to most people, to literature majors, they are full of mystery, history, ugly awareness, and sublime transcendence.
So, is there any practical point to all of this?
Yes, as a critical reader you will stop being a passive consumer and start taking an active role as an author of your own life.
Books by Carl Safina ’77 and Garth Greenwell ’01 landed on The New York Times list of “100 Most Notable Books of 2020.”
The Lily Lieb Port Creative Writing Program proudly presents issue 17 of Italics Mine.