In his essay “On the Reading of Old Books,” C.S. Lewis warns of the dangers of reading only new books: “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one until you have read an old one in between.” Acknowledging that every age needs correction of its own particular forms of blindness, Lewis see an effective cure to these prejudices. “And that means the old books…. The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.”
Mitchell Kalpakgian, “Why Read Old Books?”, New Oxford Review, July-August 2013, 40-41.