Periodicals>Journal Article:  Epstein, Joseph (November 2018), The Bookish Life, First Things, Retrieved on 2018-10-31
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    31 OCT 2018

     Insights on Being Well-Read

    What is the true point of a bookish life? Note I write “point,” not “goal.” The bookish life can have no goal: It is all means and no end. The point, I should say, is not to become immensely knowledgeable or clever, and certainly not to become learned. Montaigne, who more than five centuries ago established the modern essay, grasped the point when he wrote, “I may be a man of fairly wide reading, but I retain nothing.” Retention of everything one reads, along with being mentally i...
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