Kevin, Richard, and Anne: Thanks very much for your comments. I’m familliar with Sofie Beier’s work too, her book “Reading Letters” is wonderful. I agree, just as I mentioned in the article, there are lots of findings on the topic of reading over the years, and I don’t claim to have all the answers, these are the findings that I think are most compelling. And if there is one thing I’ve learned over the years is that we don’t all read the same way. I go on in the book to discuss how there are many different tactics in typography, but also nearly always more than one correct pathway. Just as these ideas don’t always apply to all letters or all typefaces. Typography is chock full of just as many exceptions as commonalities. Unfortunately, it’s a short book so it can in no way be comprehensive. Which is OK, that’s just enough room for my personal take on typography :)
Ethan & Christopher: Thank you very much for the kind words. I tried to strike a balance between the brevity of Hochuli and the breadth of Bringhurst, but for folks who might never discover those authors.