SHUT UP AND READ

SHUT UP AND READ

Why are books so important in this distracted day and age? Wait, did you say that or did I? Los Angeles Times book 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? 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