Blogging meets shallow intellectual needs?

“Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I haveseen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit ofsustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that theirintellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts andparagraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quiteunderstandable.” –Michael Gorman, president of American Library Association

“The number of books on theology must be reduced and only the best ones published. It is not many books that make men learned, nor even reading. But it is a good book frequently read, no matter how small it is, that makes a man learned in the Scriptures and godly.” –Martin Luther (via Alex)

“An unliterary man may be defined as one who reads books once only. There is hope for a man who has never read Malory or Boswell or Tristaram Shandy or Shakespeare’s Sonnets: But what can you do with a man who says he ‘has read’ them, meaning he has read them once, and thinks that this settles the matter? . . . . We do not enjoy a story fully at first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been given its sop and laid asleep, are we at leisure to savour the real beauties. Till then, it is like wasting great wine on a ravenous natural thirst which merely wants cold wetness.” —C.S. Lewis, “On Stories” in Essays Presented to Charles Williams

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