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I agree with… Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran “…what judging a literary prize did was remind me of what I knew when I was 11, and was wiser, and forgot as I got older and stupider: that reading is not a passive act. That it’s amusing that ‘bookworms’ are thought of as weak, bespectacled and pale – withdrawn from the world, easy to beat in a fight. “For a reader is not a simple consumer – as you are listening to a record or watching a movie. A reader is something far more noble, dangerous and exhilarating – a co-artist. “Your mind is the projection screen every writer steals; it is the firing of your neurones that makes every book come alive. You are the electricity that turns it on. A book cannot live until the touch of your hand on the first page brings it alive. A writer is essentially typing blank pages – shouting out spells in the dark – until the words are read by you, and the magic explodes into your head, and no-one else’s.” Journalist, and judge of the Baileys Prize 2014, Caitlin Moran [‘The Times Magazine’, June 14, 2014] Uh, yes. The reader is an active participant, not a sofa
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