An idea for you to consider.
First, a bit of context.
As some readers of MillersTime may have noticed, I’ve been thinking about what I read, how I read it, and also about rereading.
Recently I spent a wonderful two hours at a Politics & Prose Bookstore discussion with the Washington Post‘s long time book reviewer Michael Dirda about “How to Read a Book”. Perhaps I will write more about that session and insights gained at a later date, but when I asked Dirda about rereading, he said, “Rereading is the best kind of reading.” He mentioned Nabokov’s view that “one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.” (See my earlier post, Do You Reread?)
Dirda said, “The second time reading a book, it’s no longer the narrative, you know what’s coming, and it (the book) becomes more like poetry.”
That led me to Patricia Meyer Spacks’ book, On Rereading, and thus an idea this morning that I ask you to consider.
Sometime in the coming Fall (2013), I’d like to have an evening at the Millers with folks who are willing to participate in the following experiment: