20 Feb 18
Prism Reader’s Questionnaire
Answers provided by C. Pereira
An impossible proposal: one might as well attempt to ban breathing.
Pleasure. Pain. Order. Meaning. Insight. Perspective. Escape. Compassion. Excitement. Wonder. Confoundment. Journeys and their destinations
See the list, above
Impossible to tell, since reading is often intensely personal, and it’s impossible to well know what you, the reader has gained, much less what you, the reader, may have shared.
Almost always. To abandon a book mid-read speaks to me of a terrible intellectual arrogance: the reader who abandons assumes the ‘problem’ lies with the book, but there’s a good chance that the ‘problem’ lies with the reader. A good reader must approach a book with a profound humility.
Often. We listen repeatedly to certain pieces of music. We look often at great paintings. And just as great music or great visual art has an inexhaustible amount of everything to give to the listener or viewer, so too a great book continues to give. Besides, a novel read in our twenties, and re-read a decade or two or three later is completely different experience.
Hamlet. Nothing comes remotely close. To be. Not to be. Let be.
A good book must tell the truth. If it does so, everything else will fall into place.