I think speed reading is disrespectful to an author who you are supposedly interested enough in reading, but you are not willing to take the time to really comprehend what feelings and thoughts the author wants you to experience. Every word that is written by an author, especially a good writer, is there for a purpose. This morning I read an interview with Robert A. Caro in the Paris Review. Caro puts a lot of effort into his books. He does much research using different sources, and Caro does much rewriting even with his outline. Caro will drive himself crazy until he is satisfied with an outline. He has been writing about President Lyndon Johnson for awhile. When he researched Johnson, Caro realized that certwin events and experiences of Johnson's were prominent enough to convey to different readers. For example how desperate Johnson felt and acted when he fell behind in a political race. Johnson provided an area with electricity for the first time. The people were very grateful. Caro realized the importance of each detail and wanted the future audience of his biography to know about these facts, and he took time to think about how he was going to write it. I do not think a speed reader is going to fully comprehend the effort that an author puts into a book. I actually took a speed reading course once. You skip many so called unnecessary words. You learn to retain the factual comprehension of a book, but you are missing something essential experiencing a book on different levels. Just facts do not reveal an author's intentions. There is nothing to think or feel. How can such a reading develop you emotionally or intellectually.