David L. Ulin writes in the new introduction to the updated edition of his 2010 nonfiction meditation, The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. "Stories, I've long believed, are connective, the only tool we have to reach out of our isolation, regardless of how fleetingly." Given these perilous times we live in under the Trump administration, words matter more than ever, and yet the very idea of objective reality is more difficult to discern in the fake-news era. The former L.A. Times book critic artfully tries to make sense of it all, blending personal experiences with literary references and acute observations of modern culture to emphasize that the simple, rebellious act of reading will always be considered dangerous to tyrants in power.
"We are in the midst of a broken story, and we have lost the ability to parse its lines,"