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A Feature Review of

Slow Reading in A Hurried Age

David Mikics

Hardback: Harvard UP, 2013
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

[ Read a summary of Mikics’s 14 Rules for Slow Reading ]

This Book was Chosen as our 2013 Book of the Year!
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One of the greatest challenges that we face in Western culture at the turn of the 21st century is the problem of speed. This problem has been described in a number of different ways, perhaps most strikingly by sociologist George Ritzer, as the “McDonaldization of Society” (the title of his important 1992 book). Ritzer and other critics, including Wendell Berry, have emphasized the destructive powers of speed.  Indeed, one of the most pressing questions that humanity will have to address in this century is: how do we slow down?  As co-author of the forthcoming book Slow Church, I have spent the last few years reflecting on this very question, but if I was pressed to name a single practice that would be most transformative in helping us to slow down, I would say learning to read slowly and well. Reading is essential to Western culture, and we all do substantial amounts of it every day, but the challenge, of course, is to create space in our lives for reading slowly and attentively. As we begin to do so, we will find ourselves slowing down in other parts of our lives.

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What is Slow Reading?

December 27, 2013


Our 2013 Book of the Year is Slow Reading in a Hurried Age by David Mikics.

(It was not the only book on Slow Reading released this year, I reviewed another one here.)

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At the heart of this book, lie 14 rules that define the practice of Slow Reading. We offer these rules here, with brief elaborations from Mikics’s book.

(Presenting these rules in this slideshow format seems to go against the grain of Slow Reading. We do so only with the hope that this representation will entice you to immerse yourself in a slow and careful reading of the full book!)

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