Welcome to the slow reads archives. Most slow reads posts before April 2011 are missing, however. Posts assigned a date in April 2011 were originally written sometime between February 2004 and April 2011. Almost all comments before April 2011 are missing. Here in Virginia, “burned counties” refers to county courthouses whose records were burned during the Civil War. Slow reads is a burned blog, though the reasons aren’t as momentous or as easy to understand as war.[clean-my-archives]