“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Slow Reading Slow Gaming

Ian Bogost just sent me this. On the phone to my editor Lindsay Waters in early 2006 I said we really need to make a push for “slow reading”—a phrase that he really liked and developed into a number of essays and conference panels.

Apropos of the post itself, and its proposal that we read the first word of A Tale of Two Cities: I always teach the first word of The Picture of Dorian Gray, “the.”