Jeffrey Brenzel, who teaches at Yale, makes the argument that we should prioritize reading classic books instead of reading contemporary material.
Five characteristics of a classic:
Five values of a classic:
I found his argument very compelling, and helpful in dealing with the amount of things I want to read in my lifetime. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to study the classics during college (I studied design), so I'll have to catch up now. My only gripe with his thinking is that he didn't mention any books or authors from the East or Global South, being predictably focused on Western thought. I also think that there are great modern books that could have at least as much impact, and he didn't offer any advice on how to curate those.