Articles by Guy Patrick Cunningham

January 17, 2013

A Calm Place to Think: On Reading the Classics 22

Reading offers us something quite rare — a quiet, solitary activity that allows us to clear a little space in our minds. This feels especially true in the context of my own daily habits, which involve spending an extraordinary amount of time online, a decidedly noisy, un-solitary environment that encourages the reader to respond — through retweeting, commenting, or “liking” — as opposed to reflecting.

January 24, 2012

Fragmentary: Writing in a Digital Age 26

Fragmentary writing captures the tension between “digital” and “analog” reading better than anything else out there. And that tension, in many ways, is the defining feature of the contemporary reading experience.

October 25, 2011

Celebrating St. Crispin’s Day 8

We need more literary holidays. For what it’s worth, I want to claim today (October 25) for readers. Who’s with me?