I don’t spend a lot of time with the work of Swedish poets, but I came across this quote by Vilhelm Ekelund today, and thought it was worth passing along:
“To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry.”
I don’t think there’s a lot of push-back against the idea that eating quickly is less than ideal. But I envision arguments about speed-reading. I have a cousin by marriage who at one point held some sort of speed-reading record, and I imagine that a lot of people are sold on the idea of speed-reading as a valuable tool in solving any number of problems in the educational system.
To my way of thinking, the right speed for reading varies with your purpose–if your only reason for reading something is to extract a lot of information, then I can see the case for speed (akin to gulping down a vitamin pill), provided you’re getting the information.
On the other hand, if you’re reading for pleasure, savoring seems a better approach, like slowly licking an ice cream cone.
Do you think it’s worth reading more slowly, even when pleasure isn’t the goal? If you both read and eat more quickly than you’d like, do you have strategies for pacing yourself, for keeping those turns of phrase on the tongue a little longer?
Does the speed at which you read, whether it’s faster or slower, get in your way?
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