Excellent post! I’m on the hyperactive side mentally, and sometimes have bouts of impatience while reading. It helps if the text is naturally broken into manageable pieces – – for examples, some sites allow a side-scrolling method.
On my mobile device, this basically gives me small, manageable pages one at a time, instead of a seemingly-endless vertical scroll. I can get through each page pretty quickly, which makes me feel as though my reading is progressing quickly as well, and it helps me focus less on being done and trying to get to the end of the entire thing.
Michael Christie’s debut collection of linked stories, The Beggar’s Garden, will be published this month by HarperCollins Canada. He’ll be guest editing The Afterword this week.
We all know these moments. We emit a sigh while stranded in the wasteland of a particularly arid and soulless passage, the words blurring like a prison wall constructed entirely of bricks of text. We sigh again, tip the book forward, examining it from the top, gauging our progress as a fraction — (¼, ½, ¾) — which never seems generous enough, given all the effort we’ve already invested. We flip a few pages ahead to see how much of the chapter is left, only to find that the book does not have chapters, that it is one continuous text, like the overheard monologue of a deranged auctioneer. We then decide on the necessity of doing the dishes, setting the book back on…
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