Let’s do an experiment. Try to remember what was going through your mind right before you began reading. Concentrate on whether your thoughts had the quality of spoken words. If so, what were they saying? Were they dithering over a work email? Shouting out a preference for dinner? I’ve made it difficult for you, of course, because now you’ve had to summon a new voice in order to read. But before you began reading, there might have been another voice This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Memes of Communication A conversation about digital folklore. Arts & Culture Issue 36 Designated Drudgery How to take a load off. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Knowing Me, Knowing You Think twice before seeking out your doppelgänger. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Mime Culture On lip-syncing and the allure of mouthing along. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Everything and Nothing It was Isaac Newton who suggested that black was not a color. History suggests otherwise.