By David Mikics
Wrapped within the glow of the pc or cell monitor, we cruise web content; we skim and bypass. we look for a quick second at no matter what catches our eye after which movement on. Slow studying in a moved quickly Age reminds us of one other mode of reading--the variety that calls for our complete cognizance and that has as its aim no longer the mere amassing of data however the deeper figuring out that in basic terms stable books can offer.
Slow analyzing in a moved quickly Age is a pragmatic consultant for somebody who yearns for a extra significant and pleasurable analyzing event, and who desires to sharpen examining abilities and enhance focus. David Mikics, a famous literary student, demonstrates precisely how the tried-and-true tools of sluggish examining gives you a extra immersive, enjoyable event. He starts off with fourteen initial principles for gradual studying and indicates us find out how to practice them. the principles are by means of tours into key genres, together with brief tales, novels, poems, performs, and essays.
Reading, Mikics says, shouldn't be drudgery, and never mere break out both, yet the way to dwell existence at the next pitch. a superb publication is a pathway to discovering ourselves, through getting misplaced within the phrases and works of others.
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Slow Reading in a Hurried Age offers strategies for becoming more active as a reader: learning how to focus and what to focus on, how to develop the patience and discernment necessary to truly experience a book. The skills required are very different from the reading comprehension, summarizing, and paraphrasing taught in secondary school. Background information found on Wikipedia or Google will not, by itself, enable a reader to genuinely understand and enjoy a book. Finding information is often a necessary preliminary for reading, but it differs from reading itself.
The playwright, Lucy Prebble 26 Slow Reading in a Hurried Age (author of the satirical drama Enron), confessed to being a video-game addict as a teenager, back when video games were much less slick and multidimensional than they are now. In her original article on the subject for the Guardian, Prebble wrote that gaming “is creative, in comparison to the passivity of watching a ﬁ lm or reading a book. ” It’s too early to tell whether video games will become an art form to rival novels or theater or movies.
Sweeping, abstract ideas about modernity, capitalism, or evolution rarely result in useful insights about books. Lindsay Waters, in “Time for Reading,” a provocative article he wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007, espoused slow reading as an antidote to professors who mine books for statements about history and society, and use literature as a mere source of information. “The problem with reduc- The Answer 37 ing books to themes and morals is that it slights the experience of reading,” Waters wrote: we need to make time and space for truly experiencing, and enjoying, what we read.
Slow reading in a hurried age by David Mikics