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How to Read A Book

How to Read A Book
“Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.” — Edgar Allen Poe You already know how to read. I bet you were taught how in elementary school. But do you know how to read well? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to how you read. Are you reading for information or understanding? While great for exercising your memory, the regurgitation of facts without understanding gains you nothing. A good heuristic: Anything easily digested is reading for information. Consider the newspaper, are you truly learning anything new? There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s how most people read. Learning something insightful is harder, you have to read something clearly above your current level. Reading for understanding means narrowing the gap between reader and writer. The four levels of reading Mortimer Adler literally wrote the the book on reading. ElementaryInspectionalAnalyticalSyntopical

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