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Experiential Reading

Ezra Pound’s definition of poetry was that which cannot be paraphrased, and by defining it that way he added his considerable literary weight to the debate on the topic of form-content unity. By this definition he might in fact have started that debate, I don’t know and purely for reasons of unnecessary self-restraint will refrain […]

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Anticipating reader sloth

If there’s one commonality between what I’ve learned through my studies in my graduate degrees and my personal experiences as a writer it’s that very few people read well. With care, with precision, with enough time and effort to hold the text in line and by the hand as one advances from Point A to […]

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Readers and (their) writers

Nietzsche once remarked (paraphrasing) that if one cannot find true companionship among the living then one should seek it from the dead – in books. To pick up a book is to begin a journey of an unknown duration and unforeseen destination. It is to embark with a number of travel mates, some of whom […]

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Readers and non-readers

A forewarning here to begin: This post could well come off as snobby. It isn’t intended that way, of course, but I do think it’s fair to exercise a bit of judgment and a bit of criticism when it comes to this topic. And the topic, as you’ve no doubt gathered, is reading. Or rather […]

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Reread It? Why?

Mitch Hedberg was a funny guy. One of his jokes is an ideal way to introduce today’s topic. Here’s Mitch: I wrote a script and gave it to a guy who reads scripts. And he read it and said he really likes it, but he thinks I need to rewrite it. I said, “Fuck that, […]

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Reading Books

I’ve always had a weird relationship with books.  I wish I read more as a kid and teenager, but the books I did read influenced the young me more than any movie ever could: Samuel Clemens; William Golding; Laurie Lee.  By college and university I was still focused on play rather than study, although, perhaps, […]

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