Reading Without Seeing Words

Reading line after line of words on pages is monotonous. But a simple psychological shift, which admittedly requires an initial effort, can relieve the monotony and transform reading into a gripping experience. The trick is to wire an automatic relay from the written words to the imagination, so that the imagination immediately renders imagery evoked by the words. The reader then, to draw an analogy, experiences a written work like the TV watcher experiences a TV. The TV watcher needs a TV to watch a series. Yet the act of watching the series makes the TV seem to disappear. Which is to say that the TV watcher experiences the series without experiencing the TV. Similarly, the reader—if his mind is constantly rendering imagery evoked by the words being read—will experience the written work without experiencing the words, at which point his reading can become amazingly engrossing and entertaining.

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