How Old Books Help us Live in an Anxious Time

Our time is characterized by information overload, hot takes, and a preoccupation with the immediate. What’s more, there seems to be a growing consensus that history needs to be left behind—that the past has nothing to teach us. In this moment, why read old books? What, if anything, can we learn from the voices of the past?

Watch a conversation on these questions with Alan Jacobs, Elizabeth Corey, and Paul Gutacker in honor of the recent release of Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind. In this his latest book, Dr. Jacobs suggests that listening to the past offers wisdom we didn’t know we needed—and might even help us live less anxiously.

Brazos Fellows is pleased to make this recording available in partnership with the Liberating Arts project, a public conversation on the value of liberal arts education in our present moment. Be sure to check out their website for other insightful conversations on these questions.