Why are books so important in this distracted day and age?Â Wait, did you say that or did I? Los Angeles Timesbook reviewer -- or critic, depending on how hard he slammed your last magnum opus -- David Ulin discusses and signs The Lost Art of Reading(Sasquatch Books, $12.95). More importantly, he reads from it, too -- leaving out "reads" from the "discusses" and "signs" trifecta just seems heartless. Distractions, in this rocket-paced modern era, are symptomatic of the larger issue: being able to live inside your own head. That is the true disengagement -- with one's own self -- that books tend to help center you by bringing you more in touch with your own mind. So why is literature important? What does it offer to -- as Styx once put it -- the modren man?Â It offers, as Ulin will so deftly demonstrate, a way to quiet the mind, which without purpose and focus would be nothing. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Wed., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., free. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. --D.C.
Wed., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2010