Reading Ourselves to Death — The New Atlantis

A. G. Sertillanges wrote in The Intellectual Life: “The mind is dulled, not fed, by inordinate reading, it is made gradually incapable of reflection and concentration, and therefore of production…. Never read when you can reflect; read only, except in moments of recreation, what concerns the purpose you are pursuing; and read little, so as not to eat up your interior silence.”

Maybe we just don’t know anymore what to do with the experience of experience — and putting it into writing, of course, only adds to the problem.