Lorrie Moore: Why Reading Is Vital

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Author Lorrie Moore discusses the importance of reading literature. She argues that, while watching a good movie is better than reading a bad book, the power of the written word remains unmatched.


This excerpt was taken from a program titled “Like Life: Lorrie Moore Talks With Deborah Treisman.” It was recorded in collaboration with the New Yorker Festival, on October 1, 2010.

Lorrie Moore has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1989. Her first story for the magazine, “You’re Ugly, Too,” was included in “The Best American Short Stories of the Century.” She is the author of the story collections “Self-Help,” “Like Life,” and “Birds of America” and the novels “Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?,” “Anagrams,” and, most recently, “A Gate at the Stairs.” She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1984.



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