If Philip Yancey’s struggling to read…

I used to read three books a week. One year I devoted an evening each week to read all of Shakespeare’s plays (OK, due to interruptions it actually took me two years). Another year I read the major works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. But I am reading many fewer books these days, and even fewer of the kinds of books that require hard work.

The internet and social media have trained my brain to read a paragraph or two, and then start looking around.

If Philip Yancey, who has “some 5,000 books [and] over the years [has] read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in [his] writing”, is struggling to read because of the effects of regular internet and social-media use, maybe the rest of us should sit up and take notice.

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Verse block in the Gutenberg editor

It sounds like the new WordPress editor (project name: Gutenberg) still needs a lot of work, but I’m excited about the Verse block. Indenting’s a small thing to add, but it makes a significant difference to the presentation of poetry.

I see a mention of Markdown too, which I’m excited about.

I think I’ll hold off for a bit longer before I install the plugin, though, because it’s still definitely in beta.