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
- On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior
- Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen (get it for 44% off from LifeWay)
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (get it for 44% off from LifeWay)
- Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
- Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Anyone by Charles Soule
- The Overstory by Richard Powers
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Misreading Scripture with Modern Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien
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