- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Litwin Books (March 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098020044X
- ISBN-13: 978-0980200447
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By describing the various methods of reading (or consumption of text), Miedema emphasizes intimacy with ideas, which he contrasts with `speed reading.' Speed reading, in contrast with slow reading, aims for a quick deciphering of the main idea of a text in the most time-efficient way--reading without full engagement. His equation of speed reading to fast food and slow reading to slow food is apt; we often become trapped by modern life's mandate to live `bigger, faster, and more.' This fast pace doesn't allow for full engagement of the senses or reflection; slowing down allows us to make connections and reflect on their meanings. Like the slow food movement, slow reading is a conscious effort to explore small nuances--the things we miss when we're focusing on efficiency. Miedema does not promote speed reading, but he is actually (and fortunately) a pragmatist, recognizing that every act of reading does not require uncompromised attention.Read more ›
Thinking through what it means to read a book, why it is a valuable thing to do, what is happening in the brain when one does it: these are very worthwhile topics. If these are the sort of questions that brought you to consider this book, I would recommend you read instead
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Wolf's is a careful and detailed inquiry. If you don't have time for that, better google "SLOW READING: the affirmation of authorial intent" by Lancelot R. Fletcher. This inspiring six-page essay is available on the internet for free.