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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:14 PM





Might as well add a few links to some libraries -


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Rufus Tullius

Posted 06 February 2018 - 01:43 PM

I suppose I should end this thread with a some sort of conclusion.
Reading artfully isn't the only kind of reading there is. You don't have to read a classic to fully appreciate what reading can do for you. My hope was to create a sense for others to enjoy the benefits of reading. I hope I met the goal by arranging sets of questions and tools for readers to use for their own convenience. 
Artful reading doesn't have to be a chore. You don't have to run through the whole checklist to feel satisfied in reading a good book. Maybe asking one or two questions to analyze things is enough. Applying all the lessons mentioned in this thread doesn't have to be the main focus. You might just think about the characters or plot or stop a third of the way through a book and take stock to formulate questions and make predictions. No one is obligated to read or even finish a book. Sometimes it's important to remember that you might not be in the right mood for a particular novel. Or the destabilizing event at the beginning of a story may be something a reader may find unsettling and cause one to put it down. All kinds of reasons exist...maybe a few that don't either.
Book clubs generate lots of discussion and so does reading for school. In those instances, one is obligated to at least finish the book under scrutiny. Classes or meetings need to be met with an open mind and questions should indicate a willingness to learn. Especially from others as it helps in generating good questions for discussion. Last of all there is close reading. This involves looking at a paragraph or particular passage and thinking about the language used. Playing around with the words and perhaps changing around the order to see how it looks from different angles. Practicing the tools of reading helps one to be more alert to verbal nuances and different textures of meaning. A good reader should look for practical and personal benefits within the stories. Fiction and non-fiction alike. 
I'll conclude with one final question: 
Has a book ever taught you something about yourself - something you didn't know before you began reading?


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Rufus Tullius

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 01:41 PM

Bias and Interpretations...







Rufus Tullius

Posted 27 January 2018 - 10:15 AM

Interpretations, evaluations, and bias
Too many questions involving who's right and who's wrong. There are more interesting questions to ask. Reading slowly often helps in mitigating some of the bias' involved. At least slow enough to see the presence of its ever present sense lurking in the shadows.

Is there a conflict between a books explicit meaning verses any unacknowledged implications or sub-texts a piece may contain?
What assumptions might lie behind any interpretation?
How can an artful reader bring their own bias' and assumptions out into the open?
What kind of reader do you want to be?

Often, when searching for interpretations, one stumbles upon facts that can change the whole outlook of an evaluation or analysis. What do you do with a new fact when it goes against a bigger group of facts already stating an explanation? Do you let your bias' get in the way and throw it in the garbage heap? Do you try to burn a truth out of existence before anyone else can see it?

Interpretation is defined as an explanation. The meaning must not be specifically obvious. It involves unlocking a secret or solving a mystery. Interpretation also involves discovering the subtext in the descriptions. Do you sense a character keeping something from the reader? Do you as the reader find the places that are revealing in the subtext?

Interpretation is designed to take an artful reader past what is obvious and should not be surprised when different interpretations come into conflict. For an Artful Reader disagreement is not a sign to indicate something may be wrong. It is an indication that you may be actually getting somewhere.

That means taking time for a little self discovery.

Posted 26 January 2018 - 02:41 PM

A long time ago, in a time not too far away, battle lines were drawn between the bards and gleeman. The bards, the true inheritors of the spirit and traditions of the muses, were excommunicated from the halls of the mighty courts of men. They were banished across the seven seas to live in poverty and affliction while the wily gleeman dazzled the cathedrals and palaces with their witty false arts and wedded their wily and woolly weaves with the written word of the prophets.
Give me a rhythm...
daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM. 
"If music be the food you love, play on."
Put little dots above the stress points if'n it'll help ya!
Lots and lots of rhythm patterns in poetry. But all that Iambic pentameter can get a bit boring after awhile. So a lot of stress points are shifted round and about and out of order making it easier to insert a new dance craze. Great for drawing in the rubes.
That's a gleeman for you. They can bring in the crowds and give a great show. But, while the audience is watching the fleas play on the stage the gleeman and his sidekick are lifting a few items from your pockets without you even seeing.

Ghost in the Machine

Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:37 PM

Nice post on Verisimilitude.
I recently read a novel and I think it offers realism in all four of the categories!
Whether or not the future presented is real or not? That remains to be seen...
Here's a great article written about it touching on many of the posts you already pointed out in this thread. 
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Latest Novel Imagines Life in an Underwater New York

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