I read this article earlier about the art of reading slowly. Notice the author’s reasons for encouraging such a practice:

The teaching of slow reading, therefore, is an experience that aims beyond itself. In itself the practice of slow reading intends to create occasions for joining in conversations with (not just about) some of the most powerful thinkers who have ever lived– not merely to learn what they thought, but to think with them and learn from them. But the aim of slow reading beyond itself is to consider whether the practice of slow reading might foster the recovery of a certain art of conversation: that in which listening holds at least an equal place with speaking.

Read the rest of the article here. Interestingly his thoughts are very similar to the ideas in Peter Leithart’s chapter, “Authors, Authority and the Humble Reader,” in the book The Christian Imagination.