On Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:15:32 -0700 David Peterson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > I think the whole "reading aloud" expectation thing went out with the > early moderns (or maybe Henry James). Since James dictated his later works, that presumably should make them suitable for reading aloud. I've never made the experiment with him, but I find reading aloud enhances my appreciation of the style by slowing me down. One of my favourite books, Alberto Manguel's History of Reading, has a chapter "Being read to". He also describes his own experiences when, as a teenager, he read to the blind Borges: Kipling, Stevenson, James, Joyce, Marino, Banchs, Heine, even H. P. Lovecraft (although the latter was usually interrupted by JLB's exasperation).