Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two Kinds of Reading

There are two kinds of reading: surface reading and depth reading. In surface reading, eyes skim text. Mind and heart little engage what sight barely touches. Mind, heart, and self tend to float along on words. In depth reading, the mind and heart launch into the text. Sight as an instrument or mechanism fades from view. The self submerses in sentences and paragraphs which stream with ideas and evocations of other realities, without mind or heart or self superimposing consciousness of otherness.