I need to use my 15-minute bus commute more wisely. It comes to mind to devote it to poetry. In 15 minutes, according to Isaac Asimov’s estimate in Measure of the Universe, an averagely educated adult can read 4500 words. Suppose it takes three times as long to read poetry—1500 words, then. Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn runs under 400 words and would make a fine afternoon’s or evening’s accomplishment as a reading. So might many of Mark Wood’s selections.

Here’s somebody talking about e-books read aloud at 400 wpm.

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