The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world. You’re part of this cosmic community of people who’ve thought about this thing, whatever it happens to be.
—  Tommy Wallach, We All Looked Up

For as long as large blocks of text have existed, your eyeballs have been trained to suck in the information by quickly hopping horizontally from one word to the next, then zipping back to the start of the next line, on and on steadily down the page, until you get bored or decide you’ve pretty much gotten the gist. But this was back in the days when you were reading a single book or a newspaper and your only choice was to either steadily plow through it, or stare quietly at the wall. Today, your brain is a battered refugee huddled in the middle of a howling typhoon of web content. You can’t hope to read it all, or even skim it. So, your eyes have adapted. NNG refers to it as the F-Shaped Pattern, while Mediative calls it the Golden Triangle, but what they both boil down to is that when screen reading (i.e., reading on Internet-connected computer screens, smartphones, e-book readers, etc.), our eyes make a triangle or F-shape down the page. … The effect was first discovered back in 2005, which has given savvy Internet marketers ample time to capitalize on the decaying orbit of our reading patterns by making sure premium content is displayed within the Golden Triangle, which is beginning to sound less like a scientific phenomenon and more like the tarp shielding the space of carpet between R. Kelly’s bed and DVD player.

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“It’s gratifying when things look or sound or act as we picture them.”

On watching Frank O’Hara read. Watch more here.

Libraries are a fundamental pillar of the community. They offer a safe refuge for children to learn. They provide Internet access to those whom cannot afford it at home. They protect our greatest literary treasures. Librarians, the saints that they are, are the keepers of keys to the world of books. They are the ones who take someone who liked The Hunger Games or Harry Potter and help guide them into lifelong readers. Libraries, like education, cannot provide a hard-and-fast return on investment. Funding a library is funding the future.