Shahar and Mikhail are wondering what the levels of readability other than High School and Genius might be, and suddenly I feel there’s some geeky fun to be had with epistemes of readability. I’m thinking along the lines of Foucault opening The Order of Things with the passage from Borges that quotes “‘a certain Chinese encyclopedia’ in which it is written that ‘animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies’.”
Readabilities might look like this, for example:
(a) head scratching, (b) bathroom only, (c) cereal box, (d) hopeless, (e) mirrored, (f) italicized, (g) written with a fingertip in the murderer’s blood, (h) text, (i) drifting, (j) in the style of Proust, (k) not, (l) max characters, (m) in a pinch, (n) waterlogged.
Any other suggestions?