A Weapon for Readers by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

There is something predatory, cruel even, about a pen suspended over a text. Like a hawk over a field, it is on the lookout for something vulnerable. Then it is a pleasure to swoop and skewer the victim with the nib’s sharp point. The mere fact of holding the hand poised for action changes our attitude to the text. We are no longer passive consumers of a monologue but active participants in a dialogue.

via A Weapon for Readers by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.

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