SUMMER READING GOING THE WAY OF TRAIN ORDERS? Lots of commentary on a National Endowment for the Arts study of reading habits. There's a spirited discussion going on at Critical Mass, and another one starting at Joanne Jacobs.

Petrified Truth (via Outside the Beltway) offers a simpler explanation.
Outside of specific genres, such as children's literature, science fiction, and mysteries, most "literary" works are now unreadable and therefore unread. The literary class -- elitist, self-referential, Leftist, and often focused only on the most degenerate aspects of human nature -- has clearly outsmarted itself.

Worse, much of that stuff is sleep-inducing. It is no accident that the term "yawn" frequently turns up here.

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