Reinier Gerritsen doesn’t think books will be around much longer, Jordan G. Teicher writes at Slate. That’s why he took a photo every time he saw someone reading on the subway.
Like a scientist cataloging the last of an endangered species, the Dutch photographer wandered the New York City subway system for weeks, snapping pictures of readers of printed books among an increasingly dominant population of iPhone and Kindle readers.
“This is how it goes. Everything is always changing, but there’s a beautiful phenomenon that’s vanishing. That’s why I wanted to document it,” he said.
8 Tricks To Help You Read Faster
O.K. This piece by Linda Paull at Lifehack is aimed more at productivity than reading fiction for pleasure, my particular interest.
But everyone needs to read for efficiency at times, whether it’s a student studying for school, a worker reading a long screed from his boss, or a writer doing research for her latest novel.
“You probably don’t remember learning to read as a child,” Linda Paull writes at Life Hack. “But the way we were taught to read when we were in our infant years has little relevance to how we should read as an adult. Learning to read faster is one of the best skills to develop as an adult, saving you time as you study, research, and sort through your inbox. Read on for some great tips on how to read faster.”
1. Learn How to Scan
The most important skill you need to develop if you want to read faster is scanning. Many adults find scanning difficult because it feels counter-intuitive. After all, when we were taught to read, we were taught to pay attention to every word in a sentence. However, much of this is unnecessary, because research shows that our adult minds have an amazing ability to fill in information gaps.
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10 signs you’re a bibliophile
Extreme adventures: the top 10 stories of real-life peril
From Wilfred Thesiger journeying through the Arabian desert to Joe Simpson nearly losing his life in the Andes, these are some of the finest accounts of life on the edge, Emma Barrett and Paul Martin write in The Guardian.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield does a fine job of applying the lessons of space to everyday life on earth. Work hard, value learning, remember that the journey is worthwhile even if the destination seems unattainable, and keep things in proportion. And try to be nice. As Hadfield points out, “no one wants to go into space with a jerk”. Sound advice, indeed.
Mystery book sculptor answers questions
An anonymous artist has been leaving delicate paper sculptures made from old books at locations in Edinburgh and around Scotland for more than three years.
A sculpture for Book Week Scotland inspired by Alasdair Gray’s Lanark
The identity of the woman has remained secret despite the international attention that the book sculptures have received. BBC Scotland’s arts correspondent Pauline McLean conducted an interview with her – via email to maintain her anonymity.
THIS ‘n THAT
What sounds don’t we hear any more?
J. L. Tympanum writes:
“While discussing music with my 24-year old son, the Typewriter Song (Leroy Anderson) came up. Within 10 seconds he had it playing on his laptop, but he didn’t really get the joke because he had never seen a typewriter, nor heard the characteristics sounds — the clack of the keys, the end-of-line bell, the zip of the carriage return — that the typewriter makes.”
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