Monday, 22 April 2013

Toni Morrison's Invisible Ink

Invisible ink is what lies under, between, outside the lines, hidden until the right reader discovers it. By right reader, I’m suggesting that certain books are not for every reader ... Even a reader who loves the book may not be the best or right lover. The reader who has made the book is the one attuned to ... discover the invisible ink. ~ Toni Morison

 Toni Morison 1993 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and professor emeritus in the Council of Humanities, Princeton University, spoke of the relationship between readers and text ~ read more here.

1 comment:

  1. Y'know, I want to halfway agree with Morrison, but the other part of me recoils at the idea of a "right" reader. I seem to recall Biblical interpretation is informed by a multiplicity of readings.

    If I'm fortunate enough to sell someone a novel for USD $25, and he or she gushes over a part I regard as trivial, should I refund the purchase price: "Sorry, Bob (or Sue), you missed the 'invisible ink'"?

    On the other hand, I was astonished as a youngster when classmates of mine seemed to miss all nuance in the literature we were assigned. Jack/USA