Mortimer J. Adler’s "How to Read a Book Blog Post"

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Rule 1: Classify Is the purpose of the article/post to entertain, inform, edify,instruct? Most pieces will fit into one of these categories, so pick one and skim it through that lens. Rule 2: Skim to Scan A good skimmer is a master in the art of scanning. He is one who has learned to pick out the important words in an article as his eyes move rapidly down the page (e.g., “terror,” “bombing,” “hotel,” Cairo,” “investigation”). Rule 3: Time is of the Essence This is the skimmer’s chief ...

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