What do I mean by best? First, let me say what I don’t mean. I don’t mean, necessarily, a fast reader.
A good reader is able to take an article that is above him and bootstrap himself up to the level of the author. A good reader teaches himself new things by reading.
I have no statistics, but I imagine that a good reader can learn ten times more than an average reader. (Do you have any statistics on this?)
I read a lot, but I know that I still have a long way to go to be classified as a “superior reader.” How do I know this? Well, here’s how: I subscribe to several Internet lists. Oftentimes I read a list message and think, “Huh, what in the world is he saying?” I can’t begin to parse the message. And yet, invariably, someone else will be able to parse it, make sense of it, and respond. Clearly that person is a better reader than me.
Do you find yourself baffled by some messages, or are you able to grasp even the most obscure messages?
Who would you nominate as the best reader in the world?
Here is a related blog: The Best Are Much Better Than The Rest
And here’s another related blog: Good Books Are Over Your Head