The Gist speaks with Peter Mendelsund about reading, and Mike’s Spiel on rhetoric and ISIS.

What Exactly Happens Inside a Reader’s Imagination?

What Exactly Happens Inside a Reader’s Imagination?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 3 2014 6:25 PM

The Almost Mystical Yet Totally Routine Process of Reading

The Gist explores the mystery of the mind's eye.

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Painting of Anna Karenina by Henrich Matveevich Manizer.

Photo Illustration by Slate.

Listen to Episode 84 of Slate’s The Gist:


What does Anna Karenina look like when you read Tolstoy? Today on The Gist, book cover designer Peter Mendelsund explains how we turn what we read into sensory material. His new books are What We See When We Read and Cover. In the Spiel, how the U.S. is losing a war of words when it comes to ISIS.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.