About Tom Killalea

Wondering how we can improve the experience of reading.

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  • Tom shared from The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
    There were Saturday evenings, like this one, when Pam, with her congenial husband, stepped off an elevator into the foyer of an apartment where globes of yellow light and fabulous shadows played throughout the rooms beyond, when leaning to kiss the cheeks of people she barely knew, taking a glass of champagne from a tray held forward, stepping farther and seeing the paintings lit upon walls of dark olive or deep red, a long table set with crystal, and turning to look down upon an avenue that stretched triumphantly right to the horizon, a jubilance of red tail-lights merging as they moved away,...
    Note: @lizstrout in 1 long sentence paints a picture and hints at what's missing
  • Tom shared from The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
    In short, once you start reading a book on the Kindle—and this is equally true of the other e-readers I’ve tried—the technology generates an inertia that makes it significantly easier to keep reading than to do anything else. E-readers, unlike many other artifacts of the digital age, promote linearity—they create a forward momentum that you can reverse if you wish, but not without some effort.
    Note: I'm with @ayjay on how Kindle generates inertia that helps you to read more in an Age of Distraction
  • Tom shared from Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
    While reading Kasparov’s book How Life Imitates Chess on my Kindle, I idly clicked on “popular highlights” to see what passages other readers had found interesting—and wound up becoming fascinated by a section on chess strategy I’d only lightly skimmed myself.
    Note: Popular Highlights FTW! @Pomeranian99
  • Tom shared from The Lion in the Lei Shop (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries) by Kaye Starbird
    “I can stand you and your friend here,” he said, “and you can stand me, and that’s where we have to start.” George Jackson spoke quietly, thinking as he spoke. “I don’t mean broader conditions won’t have to change, because they will, but not the past conditions; no one can change those. It’s the present and future conditions we’ve got to really work on.
    Note: Truth and reconciliation
  • Tom shared from Hotel Du Lac (Vintage Contemporaries) by Anita Brookner
    Note: In real life it is the hare who wins. Every time...Aesop was writing for the tortoise market.