Guest post at Sarah Hoyt’s place.
*Oh boy is this true. Sometimes radically different books. I’ve been shocked to find that AFGM is a feminist opus, or DST a communist paean. (Admittedly that one, shared with a friend, almost caused his co-workers to send for the men in white coats, as it kept him suddenly breaking into cackle for weeks.)*
The ‘Rashomon effect’ in book readers – Nitay Arbel
Writing and publishing my first novel (“On Different Strings”) was a learning experience in many ways. One that especially struck this “writer’s apprentice” here was: how X people can read the same book — yet afterward, all have read a slightly different book.
I have encountered a similar phenomenon in my day job as a scientific writer/editor. With a long scholarly essay or scientific paper, it is not unusual to discuss it with people afterwards and find one’s head scratching about why they are taking away a…
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