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LBN-COMMENTARY by Paul Simon (Legendary songwriter):In a year in which one might consider retreating into a world of literature — if only to escape the ugliness of the presidential campaign — I found it harder to immerse myself in a good book than to turn off the lights and go to bed early. I read less, but still found pleasure in Don DeLillo’s “Zero K” and Billy Collins’s new book of poems, “The Rain in Portugal.” However, the book that provided a powerful — indeed inspirational — experience was Edward O. Wilson’s “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life.” I heard Wilson speak 10 years ago at a TED conference. Something he said during his talk concerning our ecological problems stayed with me ever since. Its glistening optimism gave me hope, although I must admit I did little to implement his advice. Paraphrasing what he said: This planet has the potential to be a paradise by the next century if we act now to preserve it. A paradise!
LBN-COMMENTARY by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Basketball legend): Reading has an urgency for people of color, immigrants and the poor that isn’t there for more privileged groups. For many, reading is a pathway to a better education and therefore a better life, so the stakes are much higher than for those whose pathway to abundant opportunities is already assured. One reason knowledge through reading is more important to people in these groups is because it’s portable. Minorities are always at risk of losing what they’ve built depending on the whims of politics. Despots and zealots and bigots can take away your homes and businesses, but you can start over because you still have your knowledge. For that reason, I always valued my reading as highly as I did my basketball skills. In college and in the N.B.A., I read at every opportunity. When age diminished my basketball skills and I retired, I still had everything I’d learned through reading: knowledge of the world and its history and an aptitude for critical thinking and the ability to write.
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