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Slow Reading: http://www.freelance-academy.org/slowread.htm

As a follower of faith, when one approaches their respective sacred texts, I imagine the votary as one filled with curiosity and the implicit acknowledgment of ignorance. As the text is written by the divine, it is perfect. What occurs of this is a raw form of dialogue, possibly the most powerful form of reading. With the text in perfect form, the reader is to explore thoughts, ask, and ponder.

The analogy in the given link is that of the driver who's path he expected differently. In an act of lento, the driver turns around to re-examine his preconceived notions.

If we approach great texts in such a fashion, as a part of a larger process, I believe we can access even greater questions in the serious play of “why?”.

A direct implementation of this is employing a drama of socratic discourse between two characters: the author and yourself. As you do so, you learn more of the author as you act him out. A meta-voice will also naturally occur which questions your portrayal, furthering more questions as to spiral into a deeper inquiry than you would have experienced had you approached the text as a spoiled analyst.


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lmao I read this page using Spritzlet


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I've noticed poorer retention when I use Spritz compared to when I read naturally. That makes sense to me, the time spent moving between words and lines gives me time to parse what I'm reading.
The Spritz FAQ claims that they've achieved retention results as good as if not better than natural reading but I haven't seen any evidence.


I just can't get in to Spritz.

The forced rhythm of the words in my mental voice destroys all flow, it puts me more in mind of a bad text-to-speech system. I'm sure you get used to it but, like >>11, when I have tried it I come away from the experience with very little retention of what I just read.