Monday, April 3, 2017
Speed Reading Made Easy
I've been reading eight books - five in English, two (slowly) in Arabic and one (very slowly) in French. The English titles are:
Abbott's The End of Everything
Wilson's The Twenties
Dawidoff's The Fly Swatter
Mathews' Paul Gauguin: An Erotic Life
To save time, I've reverted back to speed reading. I'm not sure why I stopped. I believe that I decided to read slowly as a passive-aggressive protest against the hustle and bustle of New York City.
I learned to speed read from Ferriss' blog post "Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes". It's a long read and there is more than one way to do it, but the short version is that to read quickly while retaining comprehension, one should read with a pen\pen or his finger and stop about two words in from the left and right margins.
Reading with a pen forces one to read quicker and your peripheral vision will read the words that are "skipped" near the margins.
Trust me. It works.