The downside of speed-reading

By Felix Salmon
August 13, 2009
Tyler Cowen, who reads very fast, comes a video and full instructions on how to do likewise; the trick is to stop subvocalizing.

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Via Tyler Cowen, who reads very fast, comes a video and full instructions on how to do likewise; the trick is to stop subvocalizing.

I note that although Tyler often posts “the best sentence I read today”, it’s invariably interesting and/or provocative, as opposed to simply being a really good sentence. When you read fast and don’t subvocalize, do you start to miss the art of constructing or even just appreciating beautiful sentences? Would a speed reader, for instance, ever be able to write a book like U&I? These are genuine questions, by the way: while I read quite quickly, I don’t speed-read, and I do subvocalize.

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