What Donald Trump Could Learn From Reading

The ability to enjoy literature is an incomparable human ability with an important influence on early (and late) cognitive abilities. We are taught at a young age to read in order to promote critical skills that are crucial in our overall development. Measuring cognitive abilities has, for a long time, been achieved by librarians and teachers. However, our own skills such as writing, speaking, critical analysis, empathy, and many more are representative of skills that are related to independent reading. Stephen King, literary genius and award winning writer, has stated that a disregard for culture like Trump’s can create, “illiteracy or semi-literacy in a national population where large numbers of people are lazy thinkers without any of that nose for bullshit.” You have to look at this Presidency on a grander scale than just Trump. We must see the people who supported or were apathetic in denouncing his actions as fit for a presidency. It is clear that human intelligence is in danger under the rule of Trump and ignorance is protected by his government.

Philip Roth is another literary icon that has spoken out against Trump’s illegitimacy. In an interview with The New Yorker and not-fake-news writer Judith Thurman, Roth states that he believes Trump is, “ignorant of government, of history, of science, of philosophy, of art, incapable of expressing or recognizing subtlety or nuance, destitute of all decency, and wielding a vocabulary of seventy-seven words that is better called Jerkish than English.” This is very clearly indisputable, given his record of indecent public sentiments.

If Trump wants to be revered as a man of intellect or be at all respected for his decency, he should consider reading some of these books.

bell hooks

All About Love: New Visions
What he can learn:
decency
diversity
empathy
love
cruelty

Ray Bradbury

Farenheit 451
What he can learn:
censorship
education value
politics
vocabulary

Philip Roth

The Plot Against America
What he can learn:
history
geography
vocabulary
politics
international affairs
treason

Stephen King

11/22/63
What he can learn:
history
science
empathy
vocabulary

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah
What he can learn:
education value
love
empathy
diversity
emigration

Janine Di Giovanni

The Morning They Came for Us
What he can learn:
refugees
civil war
politics
international affairs
decency

Shirley Jackson

The Possibility of Evil
What he can learn:
cruelty
empathy
leadership
revenge

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