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What is reading efficiently?
I don't know if anyone can read "efficiently".! |
So, as a writer, and a reader, and a lover of poetry and literature, I am going to write you a short explanation of why efficiency isn't something you want to achieve when reading.
Now, the answer below may be difficult for some English students, but please try to follow along, with a dictionary, thesaurus, and grammer, if necessary.
Reading is, of course, for learning, but it is also for pleasure, for love and relaxation and sharing. If you read novels, it is to be intimate with the characters, to becaught up in the plot, and to be mesmerized by the structure of the sentences.
Reading poetry is to find meaning in language, love in rhyming songs, and liberation in the perfection of expression.
Everything I write, I try to make beautiful, or artistic, at least enjoyable or disturbing. I suppose a better description is worthwhile. And, sometimes, just simple declarative sentences don't work well, I must dress up my writing in fun and pomposity. Although, sometimes simple sentences are fun, especially when they are joyous or threatening.
And how can we read with both our hearts and our minds, and how can we write with devotion and elegance, and also be efficient at the same time? Nietzche was probably efficient. And I don't want to read strongly, I want to embrace words.
When you are learning a language, you must read for basic understanding. And in a Newspaper, you may want to read just for momentary comprehension, and learning how to do both of these takes practice.
But when you are reading for pleasure, whatever it is you read, efficiency is deadly. And if you need to read for your daily grind (job), then you must feel the graces of writing and learn to embrace the daily paragraphs, so you may elevate mere efficiency to seeking joy every morning.
Sometimes writers disappoint us, especially in newspapers, magazines, and business reports; but every once in a while, one of them shines and you should grab it, snatch it down to your heart, and treasure it deeply.
Perhaps, you should go looking for those gems.