On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The New York Times published an interview with President Obama about how important reading is to him. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Fiction was useful as a reminder of the truths under the surface of what we argue about every day and was a way of seeing and hearing the voices, the multitudes of this country….
And perspective is exactly what is wanted. At a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted, the ability to slow down and get perspective, along with the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes — those two things have been invaluable to me.
Obama also mentions the most recent novel he’s read – Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, available in the Woodbury Community Library.