"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf
26 April 2017
The act of true reading is in its very essence democratic.
Consider the nature of what happens when we read a book - and I mean, of
course, a work of literature, not an instruction manual or a textbook - in
private, unsupervised, un-spied-on, alone. It isn’t like a lecture: it’s like a
conversation. There’s a back-and-forthness about it. The book proposes, the
reader questions, the book responds, the reader considers. We bring our own
preconceptions and expectations, our own intellectual qualities, and our limitations,
too, our own previous experiences of reading, our own temperament, our own
hopes and fears, our own personality to the encounter.