Reading

Space and Time Converge

How Time and Space Converge to Evoke Walter Benjamin’s Aura

“The concept of aura which was proposed above with reference to historical objects may usefully be illustrated with reference to the aura of natural ones. We define aura of the latter as the unique phenomenon of a distance, however close it may be. If, while resting on a summer afternoon, you follow with your eyes …

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Walter Ong's Psychodynamics of Orality and the Reading Mind

Walter Ong’s Psychodynamics of Orality and the Reader

“Until writing was invented, men lived in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless, in the dark of the mind, in the world of emotion, by primordial intuition, by terror. Speech is a social chart of this bog.” – Marshall McLuhan When we trace language from orality, characterized by the pre-socratics and the passing of tradition from one …

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The Philosophy of Wonder

William Covino on the Art of Wonder in Philosophy

“The art of rhetoric underlines the ambiguity of language; to practice the art, one remains mindful that all conclusions are provisional, tentative. The art lies not in the completion of a text, but in the transfiguration of one text — one system of possibilities — into another.” William A. Covino, The Art of Wondering REVISING …

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The Muse Learns to Read

The Muse Learns to Read: Trace the Process of Intellectual Becoming

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life. Charles Scribner, Jr. When we trace language from orality, characterized by the pre-socratics and the passing of tradition from one mouth to the next, to literacy made possible by writing …

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The Rhetorics of Reading and the Energy of Language

On the Energy of Language and the Rhetorics of Reading

“Camerado, this is no book,  who touches this, touches a man,  (Is it night? Are we here alone?) It is I you hold, and who holds you,  I spring from the pages into your arms…”  Walt Whitman, So Long! In William Covino’s book, The Art of Wondering (1988), he advances Plato’s definition of rhetoric that he develops …

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The Best Books for Studying Magical Realism

The Best Books for Studying Magical Realism

In a magical realist story there must be an irreducible element, something that cannot be explained by logic, familiar knowledge, or received belief.” ~David Young and Keith Hollaman Magical realism is a radically complicated literary mode. It’s so complicated that I get uncomfortable every time I hear someone describe a work of literature as a …

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The Need for Empathy in Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now

The Need for Empathy in Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays Steven Pinker’s new …

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Haruki Murakami Love Quotes

The Best Haruki Murakami Love Quotes

“We are most alive when we’re in love.” ~John Updike Haruki Murakami is not known for writing romance novels, yet something about the way he describes the human condition continues to resonate with readers. He captures love in all its manifestations, ranging from complete and utter loneliness to desperate infatuation. Any Haruki Murakami love quote …

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Study Guide

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Study Guide

The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Study Guide offers a comprehensive look into the 1985 novel Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. The study guide includes the following: brief author biography, title breakdown and analysis, major plot points for each chapter, analysis of character development, a list …

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