Second, this bookfair ad.
First of all. All hail Mike, the scanner of physical texts. Happy to scan some shit that isn’t online if you give it to me.
This week’s reading is out of Robert Musil’s Precision and Soul: On Stupidity.
EDIT: Before 3:11pm on Monday pages 278+279 were missing. They are no longer missing.
Here is his face:
Next time it’s “The Tale of Small Sarg” from Delany’s Tales of Nevèrÿon.
To connect this a bit more with our conversation on modes of reading and language deployment from this week, here are two nonfiction works from Delany in which he discusses similar themes. Some may find them rewarding.
Update: Links have been fixed (I hope)!
This week, we’ll let a Dead French Guy school us on how to read a thing.
Recently, a fair amount of comments about being “good reader” have come up. What does that mean? Who is a “good reader”? How does one become such? Is it even possible or desireable?
The readings are
-On Reading, pg. 33
-The Death of the Author, pg. 49
-From Work to Text, pg. 56
P.S. If you want to get a gold star, you can read “Sarrasine” as it provides context for Death of the Author, but it is not at all necessary to discuss the themes of the piece. In fact, Barthes himself would tell you not to.