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A Day's Difference. (Editor's Letter)

Magazine article Book

A Day's Difference. (Editor's Letter)

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DURING ONE OF THE CONVERSATIONS I HAD WITH OUR COVER subject this past April, he told me about something he had posted near his typewriter: the phrase "What a difference a day makes." We were talking about how one's perspectives can shift over time. "If you just breathe for a second," Ethan Hawke said, "the whole thing can change shape." At that moment his observation was about relationships, but it applies just as well to any, kind of understanding. With this issue, the difference made by one day--from midnight to midnight on April 5--Is one of perception. Those of us attached to this magazine, its readers, writers and editors, tend to take for granted that reading is a major part of our Jives, that it informs who we are, what we think, how we approach the world. But I think we also have a tendency to think of a reading life as something rarified--a pleasure that's limited to a lucky few. Well, as "A Day in the Reading Life of America" over-whelmingly demonstrates beginning on page 45, those of us who love books are indeed lucky, but we are by no means few. We are, in this country, in constant and remarkable company.

Traveling across the United States from New York to California, from Orlando to Seattle, from rural Nebraska to outer space, we found people of all sorts--not to mention an illustrated pig and a quite real gorilla--for whom reading and books are fundamental. …

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