The Long Form
September 15, 2013
John Lennon used to write books. And read lots of books.
I did a self-taught speed reading course earlier this year. At my best right now I can read 1,800 words per minute. JFK could read 2,000 words per minute. People seem shocked when I tell them that I can read that fast. To be honest I average around 1,100 words per minute these days. I stopped practicing regularly and it shows. So I’ll be going back to regular practice to sustain and improve my pace.
I wanted to be able to read more books. And since I’ve been speed-reading, I’ve found myself gravitating towards lengthier things. I tweet considerably less, spend less time on Facebook, and read longer articles and books. I still enjoy the quick fix, but I now enjoy the long form more than I ever have before. Probably because I can read it faster than I have ever been able to.
I like stories. I like long stories. Some of my favorite songs are well over the traditional three-minute mark. I haven’t written a really long song yet. I’m sure it’s coming, given my interest in the long form.
The irony is that this blog is generally on the short side of things.