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THE RAPE OF READING

November 26, 2014


Reading a book is very much akin to a violent sexual act. We thrust open their virginal white pages, invade their bodies with our eyes and minds, force ourselves into their world and leave them defiled with our short-sighted criticisms, imperceptive misjudgments, preconceived prejudices and philistine sneers.

The inner truths and the unique secrets that the book had taken so many years to cultivate are gone forever. A read book may look exactly the same as an unread book, but its innocence has been destroyed and it will never again regain its purity.

 
Vladimir Kush
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9 Comments
  1. Interesting interpretation and to the point, from the book’s point of view. On the other hand, a book can rape a reader’s mind too.

    • thank you Irina for your thoughts. You might remember that this story was shown on a giant screen in Melbourne’s centre a few years back. Here are two twenty second videos of the story:

  2. Slayer permalink

    Irina nailed it. Books can, and should, fling their readers round the room by their hair. Chandelier-use: optional.

    I’m all over this, Bozmeister. Very good – again – from you.

    There is a film out there – I won’t name it yet – with the following tagline:

    “This film will fuck your senses and rape your soul.”

    I’m not so sure a soul can be raped, but it was deeply distressing. Rather, it’s just something that can’t be unseen. Only Alzheimer’s has the cure.

    • thank you for your feedback Slayer.

      A lot of writers could relate to this piece when I first posted it a few years ago, for what I am trying to convey is that the criticisms that a writer receives on their work can feel like a violent act upon their soul. Writers know how much they risk when they expose themselves to the criticisms and the misunderstandings with every new work that they put out into the public arena.

      Also, this piece was shown for 3 months on a giant screen in Melbourne’s centre. You can watch the two 20 second videos in my reply to Irina above.

      • Slayer permalink

        ” … can feel like a violent act upon their soul.”

        I want to rape the words above.

        Maugre the pain that comes from condemnation, and, worse, inattention, isn’t it strange how we trudge on – “Dulce et Decorum est”-esque – regardless? It’s almost, if not actually, insane.

        Discuss.

        [25 marks]

    • “A Serbian Film” – heard of it but haven’t seen it. Funnily enough, Irina is of that background, but I doubt she has seen it. Actually it is banned in Australia.

      • Slayer permalink

        Maybe she was in the film!

        . . .

        Doubt it.

        Anyway, it’s not Sunday-afternoon family comedy.

        Banned for a good reason.

        Best left unseen.

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