Sunday, January 04, 2009

The Art of Reading. Industry.


"Since reading is an industry in its own right somebody somewhere is getting the profits. Publishers, critics, lecturers, second-hand booksellers and shoplifters. It's a complete study of how parasites and their hosts exist...The hidden persuaders are well dug in behind the ramparts and they know exactly how to stimulate that kind of phoneyness which a complacent reading public takes for its own good taste."

Dambudzo Marechera, The Black Insider.

2 comments:

Id it is said...

I'm not quite clear that it is only the reader that's phoney here; the writer is an equal partner there...?

Eshuneutics said...

Ah, indeed, indeed, indeed, in it together together, up to the necks in blood :-)