Friday, November 18, 2011
11.19.11 | Library of Babel
It is interesting how literature is but permutations of the twenty-six letters of the English language, and punctuation. The meaning that arises from works of literature are thus not in the letters, which all pieces have in common. Each permutation is linked with at least one idea—often even an association of multiple ideas—and it is the interactions of these that gives rise to meaning in literature. Therefore each person’s experience of a work of literature would be different, as no two people associate everything in the same way. For the same reason, a book has always “changed” by the second reading, as the reader’s experience and mental processes would have been modified by the first reading.