Alan Jacobs Discusses Reading in an Age of Distraction

Alan Jacobs discusses The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction at the Hudson Institute on June 3, 2011.

 

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Alan Jacobs

Contributing Editor

Alan Jacobs, a contributing editor for The New Atlantis and the former author of the Text Patterns blog on TheNewAtlantis.com, is a distinguished Professor of Literature in the Honors College of Baylor University. His recent books include The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography. He blogs at The American Conservative, he tweets as @ayjay, and his homepage is here: http://ayjay.jottit.com.


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Books


  • “The Book of Common Prayer”: A Biography (Princeton, 2013)
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford, 2011)
  • A new critical edition of W. H. Auden’s The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue (Princeton, 2011)
  • Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant (Eerdmans, 2010)
  • Original Sin: A Cultural History (HarperOne, 2008)
  • Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (Eerdmans, 2008)
  • The Narnian: The Imagination of C. S. Lewis (Harper, 2005)
  • Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truth-Telling (Eerdmans, 2004)
  • Must Christianity Be Violent? Reflections on History, Practice, and Theology (Brazos Press, 2003)
  • A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love (Westview Press, 2001)
  • A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age (Brazos Press, 2001)
  • What Become of Wystan: Change and Continuity in Auden's Poetry (University of Arkansas, 1998)

  • Other Publications


  • “A Weird from Sturk to Finnic,” Books & Culture, July/August 2014
  • “The Two Cultures, Then and Now,” Books & Culture, March/April 2014
  • “JSTOR's Hidden Power,” The Atlantic, Deceber 10, 2013
  • “No Apologies,” Books & Culture, November/December 2013
  • “The Uses of Ignorance,” Books & Culture, November 2013
  • “The Mystery of Sarah Losh,” Books & Culture, July/August 2013
  • “Fathers and Daughters,” Books & Culture, May/June 2013
  • “Lena Dunham’s Inviolable Self,” First Things, May 2013
  • “Just-So Stories,” Books & Culture, January/February 2013
  • “The Man Who Delivered the Computer,” Books & Culture, September/October 2012
  • “So Blessed a Liturgy,” Books & Culture, March/April 2012
  • “The Ghost Writer,” Books & Culture, November/December 2011
  • “A Prophet Wrongly Honored,” First Things, June/July 2011
  • “Overloaded,” Books & Culture, May/June 2011
  • “The Poet’s Nature Subdued,” Books & Culture, March/April 2011
  • “Recommended Reading,” Books & Culture, January/February 2011
  • “Rethinking Innovation,” Big Questions Online, December 21, 2010
  • “A Not-So-Distant Mirror,” Big Questions Online, November 18, 2010
  • “Edupunk’d,” Big Questions Online, October 19, 2010
  • “The Idea of the Book,” Books & Culture, November/December 2010
  • “The Online State of Nature,” Big Questions Online, August 30, 2010
  • “Book Cultures,” Books & Culture, July/August 2010
  • “Man of Sorrows,” Books & Culture, Jan-Feb 2010
  • “Beyond the Wild Wood,” First Things, October 2009
  • “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Books & Culture, September/October 2009
  • “Pedantic Park,” First Things, August/September 2009
  • “Blessed Are the Green of Heart,” First Things, May 2009
  • “Gardening and Governing,” Books & Culture, April 3, 2009
  • “The Way, the Truth, and Philip Jenkins,” First Things, March 2009
  • “A Religion for Atheists,” First Things, February 2009
  • “The Poet’s Prose,” Books & Culture, Jan.-Feb. 2009
  • “Do-It-Yourself Tradition,” First Things, January 2009
  • “A Classic Case,” First Things, November 2008
  • “World of Wonders,” Culture11, October 12, 2008
  • “Reading, Writing, and Reformation,” First Things, October 2008
  • “A Ne’er-Do-Well Returns,” Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2008
  • “In the Garden,” Cabinet, Fall 2008
  • “Amis Amiss,” First Things, June/July 2008
  • “The Life of Trees,” Books & Culture, July 1, 2008
  • “Too Much Faith in Faith,” Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2008
  • “Come On, You Call This a Manifesto?,” Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2008
  • “A Commonplace Book,” First Things, May 2008
  • “The Conscience of an Anglican,” Books & Culture, December 24, 2007
  • “Making Trade-Offs,” Books & Culture, December 3, 2007
  • “On the Recent Publication of Kahlil Gibran’s Collected Works,” First Things, November 2007
  • “Sentences,” Books & Culture, October 8, 2007
  • “Reading the Signs,” First Things, October 2007
  • “The Future of Atheism,” Books & Culture, September 10, 2007
  • “The Youngest Brother’s Tale,” Books & Culture, September 1, 2007
  • “Overloaded,” Books & Culture, August 13, 2007
  • “Amplifying Charity,” Books & Culture, July 9, 2007
  • “Waiting for Harry,” Books & Culture, June 25, 2007
  • “Remembering Auden,” Books & Culture, June 4, 2007
  • “Jane Kramer and the Feast of St. Martin Elginbrod,” Books & Culture, May 8, 2007
  • “Serendipity,” Books & Culture, April 2, 2007
  • “Blessedly Unnecessary,” Books & Culture, March 5, 2007
  • “How to Read,” Books & Culture, March 1, 2007
  • “Some Fanged Enemy of Christendom,” Books & Culture, February 12, 2007
  • “The Know-Nothing Party,” Books & Culture, February 5, 2007
  • “In Search of Eden,” First Things, February 2007
  • “The Politics of Long Joy,” Books & Culture, January 12, 2007
  • “Graphic Violence,” Books & Culture, December 11, 2006
  • “Code Breakers,” First Things, August/September 2006
  • “Goodbye, Blog,” Books & Culture, May 1, 2006
  • “To Be a Christian College,” First Things, April 2006
  • “Choose Life,” Books & Culture, March 1, 2006
  • “Bran Flakes and Harmless Drudges,” Books & Culture, January 1, 2006
  • “The professor, the Christina, and the storyteller,” The Boston Globe, December 4, 2005
  • “Opportunity Costs,” Books & Culture, November 1, 2005
  • “City poet,” The Boston Globe, September 25, 2005
  • “Robert Alter’s Fidelity,” First Things, August/September 2005
  • “The Lord of Limit,” Books & Culture, May 1, 2004
  • “A Bible for Everyone,” First Things, December 2003
  • “Whose Natural Theology?,” Books & Culture, November 1, 2003
  • “What Narrative Theology Forgot,” First Things, August/September 2003
  • “Leon Kass and the Genesis of Wisdom,” First Things, June/July 2003
  • “The Re-Invention of Love,” Books & Culture, March 1, 2003
  • “The Virtues of Resistance,” Books & Culture, September 1, 2002
  • “Life Among the Cyber-Amish,” Books & Culture, July 1, 2002
  • “Computer Control,” Books & Culture, May 1, 2002
  • “Shame the Devil,” Books & Culture, March 1, 2002
  • “C. S. Lewis Then and Now,” First Things, March 2002
  • “Wole Soyinka’s Outrage,” Books & Culture, November 1, 2001
  • “Auden and the Limits of Poetry,” First Things, August/September 2001
  • “Narrating Ethics,” First Things, May 2001
  • “In Brief,” Books & Culture, January 1, 2001
  • “The Only Honest Man,” Books & Culture, May 1, 2000
  • “George Eliot: Good without God,” First Things, April 2000
  • “Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia (1941),” First Things, March 2000
  • “Review Essay: Preachers without Poetry,” First Things, August/September 1999
  • “The Liberal Neoplantonist?,” First Things, January 1999
  • “The Editor and the Exile,” Books & Culture, November 1, 1998
  • “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” Books & Culture, May 1, 1998
  • “Revenge of the Scroll,” Books & Culture, January 1, 1998
  • “Only Connect,” First Things, November 1997
  • “The Bible Tells Me So,” First Things, October 1997
  • “A Bible Fit for Children,” First Things, May 1997
  • “In on the Kill,” First Things, February 1997
  • “Flags, Tradition, and Charity,” First Things, November 1996
  • “Martha Nussbaum, Poets’ Defender,” First Things, October 1996
  • “Dowsing in Scripture,” First Things, October 1995
  • “Go(o)d in Iris Murdoch,” First Things, February 1995
  • “Signs and Wonders,” First Things, December 1993
  • “Life’s Value,” First Things, August/September 1993
  • “To Read and to Live,” First Things, June/July 1993
  • “Friendship and Its Discontents,” First Things, December 1992
  • “Suya Wars,” First Things, May 1992
  • “Salman Rushdie Gets Religion,” First Things, January 1992
  • “Aristocrats at Bay,” First Things, August/September 1991
  • “David Byrne and the Curse of ‘Lifestyle,’” First Things, January 1991