I saw this a week ago, but it’s still good advice. Ross Douthat makes a suggestion as to what to read in the new year. He counsels:
So use the year wisely, faithful reader. For a little while, at least, let gridlock take care of itself, shake yourself free of the toils of partisanship, and let your mind rove more widely and freely than the onslaught of 2014 and 2016 coverage will allow.
Douthat makes the suggestion to read differently in 3 ways:
1. Read those whose opinions you don’t share.
2. Read broadly on a geographic level. Here, I’m particularly interested in checking out Douthat’s suggestion of paying attention to Walter Kirn. After living in New Jersey, I’m convinced that Douthat is absolutely right that “Even in our supposedly globalized world, place still shapes perspective…”
3. Read those who are marginal to the conversation and exist outside of the Left/Right divide.
What do you plan to read in the coming year?