25 Jan

To read slowly and intimately is sagacious.  To speed-read is foolish.  I’ve found as a teacher, reader, lifelong student that I want to take my time with the pages.  Even with pieces I don’t enjoy.  Actually, especially with those works.  I want to know exactly what it is I don’t care for and why it’s not connecting with me.  I don’t want to plainly read, I want to understand.  I excavate for relationships with texts, no rushed passage.  Any student should make a topic their own, make a habit of it.  So with reacting to literature, we need to have an elevated conception of what we just read.  That can only be acquired with tempered approach.  No haste.

One of the most rewarding reads I can remember happened as an undergrad, reading Kerouac’s On The Road for the first time.  I recognized the hurried hurl of his prose.  I had trouble keeping up.  Why?  ‘Cause I was trying to keep up.  I tried to read as fast as characters and specifics, details and scenic ingredients, were disclosed.  Didn’t work.  So, I started over.  Slowed.  Sometimes taking as long as ten minutes per page.  This revealed rewards, thought-gems that I still appreciate and actuate today.

It really is foolish to speed-read.  You deprive and starve yourself of more than you realize. Just as your mother said not to eat too quickly.  Mine would say, “Slow down, enjoy your food,” you shouldn’t dash through literary ingestion.  That deprives you of full digestion.  And, if you don’t have the time to relish your read, find time when you DO have time.  Reading is more than just some lifestyle commitment.  It’s a life.  It’s a legion of lessons.  You, stand as both matriculant and educator.  Slow down. It’s not a sprint, or marathon.  You shouldn’t want it to see a finish line.

2 Responses to “Each”

  1. Zachary McCulloch January 25, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Well said, I 100% agree. Just looking at words on paper and actually soaking in what you are reading are two completely different things.

  2. Karlo January 25, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Very thought provoking, I definitely think that what you said is true. Really taking my time when reading, allows me to better understand and follow along with what the author could be trying to convey. Speed reading has never worked for me. I would rather take my time reading each page, soaking up that information and connection.

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