Lydia Davis on the power of rereading a sentence

I find that simply reading a sentence carefully a second time can yield significantly more understanding. I’m not sure exactly what happens in the brain between the first and second readings.

Lydia Davis, Before my morning coffee, pg 374, Essays Two

Here Lydia Davis is referring to re-reading a passage while translating an A.L. Snijders’ story from Dutch to English. But practicing a careful second reading could be applied to many other readings too. Emails and poems come to mind.


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