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16 Mar 2012, 6:52pm
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Robert Bringhurst: What is reading for?

 

A nonmaterial definition of the book comes hand in hand, it seems to me, with a nonmaterial definition of reading. In the widest sense, I think the term simply means paying attention to what’s in front of you and trying to make sense of it. Fish do this as they swim through the water. Birds do it as they fly through the air or sit in the trees or on lam post waiting for breakfast. Earthworms do it as they poke through the sod, and I do it, not only in the library but also when I’m listening to those birds or looking at the water and thinking about those fish.

This foundational kind of reading is much older than the oldest protoliterate inscriptions, older than human language, older than the first, nameless primates, climbing around in the trees in northern Africa some sixty million years ago.

Robert Bringhurst on the future of reading « Felt & Wire.

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Time doesn’t exist Clocks exist

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Don’t know where, don’t know who.

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Zhuangzi

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Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things. (2, tr. Burton Watson 1968:49)