along these lines: Moyra Davey on webs and threads, reading’s “connective tissue”

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There is something superstitiously primitive about this need to have someone else grant “permission” in order to pick up a book (again). But it is also a deeply pleasurable way to read because it is rooted in dialogue and in friendship, in the social. And it is not the only way to come to books, but one of many threads and lines that get cast out and pulled in to form the great connective tissue that makes up our reading. Recently, on a frigid winter day, she found herself in her studio surrounded by layers of books and papers. From this mass of paper strewn all over the sunlit floor, she began to conjure up an image of it all coming together, the parts knitting themselves into a web or net capable of holding her in a sort of blissful suspension. This fantasy obviously points to metaphors of maternal holding and other more phenomenological aspects of reading than have been covered in this essay. That is another reading and writing trajectory, an offshoot sown from the seeds of this current project, a possible thread to be pursued.

—Moyra Davey, The Problem of Reading (PDF)

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