This is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek video of how to read a book you don’t want to read. The narrator likens reading to having a giant leaning pine tree cut down because it was posing a threat to his roof, as well as his neighbors’ fence and toolshed.
He likened reading something you are not interested in to cutting down the very tall pain tree: It had to be done in sections, and not in just one fell swoop. Doing so can prove disastrous, and will not produce very good results. In fact, as with the case of reading a required book just the night before an exam, it might just prove to be very, very bad for you.
Stabilizing the equipment that will allow you to chop down the tree into pieces is the first vital step for the pine tree project. In required reading, the same applies. You have to find a stable position in which to read properly. This does not mean relaxing on a La-Z boy seat or a recliner, as it can produce drowsiness. Instead, sit on a straight back chair with your feet on the floor, or lower than your chest.
Breaking the trees into section comes next for the woodcutters, since the pine tree has a very long trunk. You can do the same for a particularly thick and tedious-sounding book. If it has several chapters, you can break down the chapters in several sections for you to digest for a couple of hours each day. This way, you can focus on those chapters with more concentration compared to just trying to read through an entire book in one sitting.
One other analogy to the pine tree cutting which the narrator made was: BOOKS ARE PORTABLE THINGS. He likened the convenience of the modern woodcutter’s tools, which are in stark contrast to the climbing gear they had to use a couple of years ago which proved to be slow and even dangerous. Having a book means you can accomplish reading anytime, anywhere. You can read on the bus, at a restaurant, at the park, while on the toilet, etc. And with today’s technology, even thick volumes can become portable with the help of gadgets like the Kindle, iPod/iPad, and others!