Words, sounds, pictures
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Nov 21 15:02:38 EST 2001
On Wed, 14 Nov 2001 21:11:37 -0000, Dorian E. Gray wrote:
>I read fast. People keep telling me this. They stare at me in blank
>amazement and say things like "you can't possibly have finished that
>book already!". I've always been a fast reader; when I took part in a
>sponsored "read-in" (people sponsored you per book read in a
>fortnight) as a child, my mother had to handicap me by only allowing
>me to count books I hadn't read before.
My handicap was that my mom wouldn't let me accept per-book payments of more
than a nickel. I remember once I came home all thrilled because someone had
pledged 50 cents per book and I knew I was going to make a pile! She made
me go back and make the lady change her pledge. Rats.
(On that subject, when I was about 7 or 8 our school did one of these
read-a-thons where you didn't get people to pledge money, but you got to
release one helium balloon for every ten books you read. They probably
don't do this any more--environmentally unsound--but it was sure a fun
>But I'm not sure how my reading speed compares to other people's.
>Maybe I just know an awful lot of really slow readers. :-)
That's really the trouble, isn't it? It's all subjective. Though I was
thinking, if there aren't many really fast readers, and the distribution is
fairly even, chances are you'd always be the fastest reader you knew. Until
the Internet, of course.
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