On Rereading

September 8th, 2005 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

The point about the return visit is not the infantile pleasure of repetition, but the possibility of surprise. A good work of art never stays quite the same: it ambushes you, outwits you. A first exposure can provide the primitive excitement of wanting to know what happens next, a second provides the opportunity to register details, a third brings a sense of the underpinning joints and girders that make up the structure. And so it goes on.

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  • Karen // Sep 8, 2005 at 8:47 am

    The infantile pleasure of repetition is not to be discounted. This from someone who’s eaten Cheerios every morning for years and years. And years.