Word’s Worth

Word’s Worth 1

Steve McCurry, Magnum Photos

A woman reads 
in Washington Square Park. A 
new book argues 
that an "ethics 
of reading" can improve the quality 
of public life.

In the introduction of The Humanities and Public Life, a collection of papers first delivered at an April 2012 symposium at Princeton University, the editor, Peter Brooks, argues that "an ethics of reading" can both improve the quality of public life and secure a place within it for the humanities. Indeed, The Humanities and Public Life might better have been titled The Ethics of Reading, for that theme is at the heart of this