Too much code - slicing

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sun Sep 19 05:28:48 CEST 2010

On Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:58:58 -0400, AK wrote:

>> I don't understand this.  So far as I know, the phrase "speed reading"
>> refers to various methods of reading much faster than most people read,
>> and is real but not exceptionally interesting.
> Afaik the idea is that you can read a novel at the speed of half a page
> a second or so and understand it to the same extent as people who'd read
> at a normal rate. Woody Allen joke: "I learned speed reading and read
> War&Peace"; - it involves Russia.

My wife can read scarily fast. It's very something to watch her reading 
pages as fast as she can turn them, and a few years ago she read the 
entire Harry Potter series (to date) in one afternoon, and could gives a 
blow-by-blow account of the plots, including a detailed critique of the 
writing style and characters. But then, she feels that reading the Potter 
series is a chore to be completed as fast as possible, rather than a 
pleasure to be savored. She'll sometimes drag a new Terry Pratchett or 
Stephen King novel out for as much as two days.


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