While The Reading Journals Volume One established the relationship between reading and everyday life, and Volume Two explored philosophical and cultural reflections inspired by reading, Volume Three again takes a new direction. Though still comprising elements of literary criticism and using books as a jumping-off point for cultural discussion, this prose focuses more on the psychology of the artistic person and how other people relate to it.

 

Also inherent is commentary on aging and stress disorders as they pertain to creativity. Volume One featured an array of mostly-women authors, and Volume Two paid tribute to great American standards like Steinbeck, Kerouac, and Hemingway. This time, the spotlight is largely on famous British writers such as Doris Lessing, Aldous Huxley, and Iris Murdoch, among many others, and it also includes analysis of science documentaries and music personalities.

 

The result is a work that brings seemingly disparate elements together in explication of the primary themes relevant to the physical and mental health of the creative psyche over time. And as is always the case with this series, these journals simultaneously celebrate the benefits and joys of being a reader. (249 Pages) 

 

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The Reading Journals Volume Three: 2012-2017

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