- Narrated by: Elaine Castillo
- Duration: 9 hours and 4 minutes
- Release Date: 07-26-22
How to Read Now by Elaine Castillo Audiobook Summary
“how to read now explores the politics and ethics of reading and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not only with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and tangled histories.
“A book that does not seek to close the current literary discourse but to shake it up.” (New York Times Book Review) Offering “its audience the opportunity to look beyond the simplicity with which we are too often spoon-fed to restore us to chaos and complexity, a way of seeing and reading that demands much more of us but offers even more to change. .” (Los Angeles Times)
“I gasped, screamed and laughed out loud as I read these essays by the phenomenal Elaine Castillo. What powerful writing, what a rigorous mind. As long as I live, I want to read everything Castillo writes, and probably you too.” —RO Kwon, author of the arsonists
How many times have we heard that reading generates empathy? That we can travel through books? How many times have you heard us talk about the importance of diversifying our shelves? Or did he claim that books saved our lives? These familiar, beautiful, aspirational words are sometimes even true. But award-winning novelist Elaine Castillo has more ambitious hopes for our reading culture, and in this collection of linked essays, she “moves to wrest reading away from cotton candy’s aspirations to bring people together in empathic harmony and reposition it as thornier, ultimately. most rewarding job.” (Vulture)
how to read now explores the politics and ethics of reading and insists that we are capable of something better: a more engaged relationship not only with our fiction and our art, but with our buried and tangled histories. Clever, funny, inspiring, and at times profane, Castillo attacks outdated questions and uncritical proclamations masquerading as vital discussion: reinventing the cartography of the classics, building a moral case against settler colonialism from praised writers like Joan Didion, taking aim at Nobel Prize winners and toppling independent filmmakers, and celebrating glorious moments on everything from popular television like the watchers to the films of Wong Kar-wai and the work of contemporary poets such as Tommy Pico.
A deeply personal and insightful story of one woman’s reading life, and an urgent and far-reaching intervention in our globalized conversations about why reading matters today. how to read now it empowers us to embrace a more complicated and embodied way of reading, inviting us to acknowledge complicated truths, ignite surprising connections, imagine bolder solidarity, and create space for riskier intimacy, within ourselves and with others.