A thought on writing and reading

Reading…is not simply an inscribing of the author’s personal subjectivity upon a reader’s receptivity. Rather, it is the collaborative bringing forth of an entire world, a world complete with a meaning structure. For hearing completes itself in listening, and listening happens only where there is some subjective basis for recognition. The work is not merely the bridge between author and reader; it is an enabling entity. The text is a pretext…

The writer needs the idea of audition – of readers – in order to begin the creative process that gets him beyond the immediate, daily perception of things. In this one sense, the writer does not bring forth the work so much as the work, the idea of it, brings the writer to imaginative readiness.

– Sven Birkerts

In a word: Yes.


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