Is it disrespectful of the art of writing to feel that much of reading is inherently unpleasurable? Under certain circumstances (when in a hurry, when forced to do so, when someone is looking over your shoulder, when the material is poorly written, when your eyes are tired) reading can be a chore. For many (especially those with print disabilities) reading is a difficult and frustrating activity. For those who were never encouraged to do so, it is a waste of time. And for all of us, much of the reading we do (scanning junk mail and the endless listserv postings that come into our email Inbox, reading the fine print, reading office memos) is a source of irritation. So is it a stretch to think that this irritation might have an effect on our broader perception of reading?
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