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Slideshow B4 SXSW presentation 2011


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This is the slideshow that will run before my presentation at SXSW Interactive 2011: The End of Reading in the USA

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Slideshow B4 SXSW presentation 2011

  1. 1. the end<br />of reading<br />in the usa<br />#lemusgro<br />
  2. 2. Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature.<br />        <br />George Lakoff and Mark Johnson<br /> Metaphors We Live By<br />
  3. 3. For me the greatest joy is to be able to submerge myself for a few hours every day in a human time that otherwise would be alien to me. A lifetime is not enough. If I may purloin half of a sentence by Borges: ‘a library is a door in time.’<br />Carlos Maria Dominguez<br />The House of Paper<br />
  4. 4. Under the warm light cast by the reading lamp, I was plunged into a new world of images and sensations, peopled by characters who seemed as real to me as my room.<br />Carlos Ruiz Zafon<br />The Shadow of the Wind<br />
  5. 5. A reader enters the world of the poem, or story, realistic or otherwise, willing, at least for a short time, to believe it and to accept its terms.<br />Peter Turchi<br />Maps of the Imagination<br />
  6. 6. That was how I escaped my father’s aloofness, in my dead mother’s books.<br />KhaledHosseini<br />The Kite Runner<br />
  7. 7. There is no Frigate like a Book<br />To take us Lands away<br />Nor any Coursers like a Page<br />Of prancing Poetry –<br />This Travers may the poorest take<br />Without oppress of Toll –<br />How frugal is the Chariot<br />That bears the Human soul. <br />Emily Dickinson<br />
  8. 8. The concepts that govern our thought are not just matters of the intellect. They also govern our everyday functioning, down to the most mundane details. Our concepts structure what we perceive, how we get around in the world, and how we relate to other people. Our conceptual system thus plays a central role in defining our everyday realities.<br />Lakoff and Johnson<br />Metaphors We Live By<br />
  9. 9. I vacuumed books for epigrams, scraps of information, ideas, themes — anything to fill the hollow within me and make me feel educated.<br />Richard Rodriguez<br />Hunger of Memory<br />
  10. 10. I know you are reading this poem as you pace beside the stove / warming milk, a crying child on your shoulder, a book in your hand / because life is short and you too are thirsty.<br />Adrienne Rich<br />‘An Atlas of the Difficult World, XIII’<br />
  11. 11. Here I would come to escape the known world and seek another of my own invention; I was basically introducing him to my launchpad. All I had to do was list the works I’d read here and he’d know all the places I’d traveled to.<br />Andre Aciman<br />Call Me By Your Name<br />
  12. 12. We were not looking for blueprints, for an easy solution, but we did hope to find a link between the open spaces the novels provided and the closed ones we were confined to. I remember reading to my girls Nabokov’s claim that ‘readers were born free and ought to remain free.’<br />AsarNafisi<br />Reading Lolita in Tehran<br />
  13. 13. Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, . . . but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to.<br />Henry David Thoreau<br />Walden<br />
  14. 14. Books are to be call’d for, and supplied, on the assumption that the process of reading is not a half-sleep, but, in highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle; that the reader is to do something for himself, must be on the alert, must himself or herself construct indeed the poem, argument, history, metaphysical essay—the text furnishing the hints, the clue, the start or frame-work.<br />Walt Whitman<br />Democratic Vistas<br />
  15. 15. Someone else can read the newspaper or a scientific text for you and paraphrase it quite acceptably.  But no one can read a poem for you.  Accepting an account of someone else’s reading or experience of a poem is analogous to seeking nourishment through having someone else eat your dinner for you and recite the menu.<br />Louise Rosenblatt<br />The Reader, The Text, The Poem<br />
  16. 16. You are unable to read up to a standard greater than the standard of yourself. You may feel a good deal of gusto about a great poem, but that’s because you are worthy of it. You just cannot feel that gusto if you’re not worthy. So, if you really do feel a certain poem is that good, you are just about there yourself. I mean, you’re that kind of person.<br />William Stafford<br />Finding What the World is Trying To Be<br />