I Stopped Reading when I Graduated College

I blame Aristotle

Aristotle’s work bothered me. I didn’t enjoy his thoughts on virtue. He may be correct about his Doctrine of the mean, but it sure wasn’t a read for the faint at heart (Shoutout to Aristotle for Dramatic Structure in The Poetics). I read a minimum of three books per month before Aristotle. My reading went down to none after my senior year.

The recovery period from philosophers such as Aristotle took two trips around the sun. I give thanks to philosophical storytellers like C.S. Lewis and Foucault. Not to mention the thanks I give to the wonderful writers of memoir. If you like me suffered from primary texts that felt as dry as the air in my gasoline-heated apartment, there is hope.

This too shall pass. First, we must find a good book.

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