Le Guin on Reading

“Unlike the other media, a book is silent. You bring it alive. It won’t lull you with surging music or deafen you with  screeching laughtracks or fire gunshots in your livingroom. You can hear it only in your head . . . . To read a good novel well is to follow it, to act it, to feel it, to become it — everything short of writing it, in fact. Reading is a collaboration, an act of participation. No wonder not everybody is up to it.” (“Staying Awake While We Read,” The Wild Girls. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2011, p. 67)

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Carol Stabile is a founding member of Fembot , an online collaboration of scholars conducting research on gender, new media, and technology. She teaches at the University of Oregon. View all posts by cstabile

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