A Most Difficult to Read Review

by Rachel Baker on March 24, 2010

I was reading through book reviews from various sites and found this one for Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention.  Its written by Ange Mlinko, the recipient of the Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation, lives in Beirut. Her most recent book of poems is Starred Wire.

The review starts off with:

The incus, malleus and stapes are the three bones of the middle ear. They were formed before mammals existed, and still exist in their original setting–a reptile’s jaw. Nature is a great recycler of its own designs.

In the next paragraph the review asks:

What happened when your eyes lit upon the sentence “The incus, malleus and stapes are the three bones of the middle ear”?

I’m not sure if I can figure out whether Reading in the Brain is worth reading or not; but the review is certainly interesting in explaining how we process the words we read.

Here’s the link to the review at The Nation.

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