Monthly Archives: July 2015

Slow Reading Challenge: Aldous Huxley, part 2


The bread was stale, the sausage rather horsey and spiced with garlic; but Mr. Cardan, who had had no tea, ate with a relish. Still more appreciatively he drank. In a little while he felt a little more cheerful. Such … Continue reading

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Slow Reading Challenge: Aldous Huxley, part 1


Part III, Chapter Six, The Loves of the Parallels (italics = Huxley; non-italics = Inez) The sun had set. Against a pale green sky the blue and purple mountains lifted a jagged silhouette. Mr. Cardan found himself alone in the … Continue reading

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A Plea for Slowing Down: Slow Reading and Rediscovering Great Authors


Slow reading, I realized, could be defined as close reading; English majors know what I am talking about, but close reading to me, in my studies, always made me come to the realization that taking a text apart sentence by sentence really adds to the reading experience in a very profound and exhilarating way. When I used to have memoir writing sessions at my house, I would sometimes bring in a newly published memoir and if the writing was bad, a close reading really brought that out, and my fellow memoirists loved this form of deconstruction: by slowing down, by really looking, they saw the flaws and learned how not to write, or rather, write better. Continue reading

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