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How to Hack an Academic Book

People are intimidated and off-put by academic books. This makes sense, because academic books usually are very boring (and even the best academic books out there have sections of really boring material). But scholarly texts are also like diamonds for your brain; they are relatively small and incredibly condensed forms of knowledge and new ways of thinking that are forged over decades by the pressure and heat of academic life.  If you are a person who enjoys learning new things and increasing your knowledge, it’s useful to know how to read an academic book efficiently, because, otherwise, you will probably get bogged down in all of the boring stuff. In this post I will show you how to hack academic books. By “hack,” I mean “an inelegant solution,” or “a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently.” These are techniques I learned and perfected in graduate school, where you are required to read and write a paper on at least one (if not two, three, four …


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