Saturday, February 18, 2012


A Slow Reader

From Ian Jackson:
Your latest reminds me of this passage in Henry Mayr-Harting's account of Henry Chadwick in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
As regius professor in Cambridge he was a fellow of Magdalene College, where the many fond memories of him included his own delight when he returned some books to the college library late and with profuse apologies, to be answered by the kindly assistant, 'don't worry dear, I'm a slow reader myself' (private information).
Nietzsche defined a philologist as "a teacher of slow reading" ("ein Lehrer des langsamen Lesens").

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