how we (love to) read

heart pages

Reading isn’t a thing apart from who we are or how we think.  You don’t read the same way I do.  I don’t read a menu the same way I read a novel or a love letter.

From a post I wrote for students struggling with analytical reading:

“It stands to reason that anyone who isn’t a professional reader (teacher/professor/editor/literary critic, e.g.) is an amateur.  One connotation of the word amateur is a person who doesn’t get paid for a particular talent.  In a culture that overwhelmingly–and often erroneously–associates value with money, an amateur is often considered less proficient than a professional who gets paid for doing the same thing.

But it’s the second connotation of amateur that makes something worth doing and life worth living.  The word comes from a French derivation of the Latin verb for “love.”  Amateurs love what they do.  In fact, amateurism is often defined as, “the philosophy that elevates things done without self-interest above things done for pay.”  In this sense, although I have been paid for teaching, consulting, researching, and writing about learning for nearly 25 years, I am a proud amateur.”

how we read [Dr. Preston’s English Language & Composition 2013-2014]