The Lost Art of Reading

Prove Philip Roth wrong in his prediction that in a few decades serious readers will be nearly extinct. Take up the torch of thoughtful literacy argued for so capably and passionately by David Ulin, in this expansion of his potent Los Angeles Times essay.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…