Books for everyone

Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker weighs in on the ongoing debate about whether English departments matter:

“To have turned the habit of reading and obsessing over books from a practice mostly for those rich enough to have the time to do it into one that welcomes, for a time anyway, anyone who can is momentous. English department democratize the practice of reading. When they do, they make the books of the past available to all. It’s a simple but potent act.”

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