A Brief Guide to Better Reading
Holding a book and looking at its words is not the same thing as reading. Reading is an act of conversation with an author.
This communication is only successful if the reader pays careful attention to what an author says and how he says it. This requires that the reader know the author well enough not to misinterpret his words (i.e., understand the author’s core concerns and motivations).
If you aspire to be a competent reader, cultivate a habit of active, intentional, and sympathetic investigation of what an author is trying to say and why.
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