Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
A book is simply the container of an idea-like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.
I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.
As for my father, few souls are less troubled. He can be simply pleased with us, pleased that we exist, and, from the vantage point of his wondrously serene old age, he contemplates our lives almost as if they were books he can dip into whenever he wants. His back pages, perhaps.
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