something coldly intellectual

November 18, 2017

sun sinks in to the sea

It strikes me that being passionate about literature is something not often discussed. I read an article the other day which essentially offered only two ways of enjoying books: entertainment or something coldly intellectual.

But I’ve experienced another: a deeply emotional, transformative response. It cuts across any notions of genre, and is what made me love books. The first time I experienced this, I had no idea how to conceptualise it. The framework I’d learned at school didn’t really help here.

But when I read Andy Miller talk about “the dizzying force of books”, I think: that’s what I’ve felt. When I read Gabriel Josipovici talk about a work of art as a toy, I feel a step closer to understanding what it is that I’ve felt and feel.

To capture that in writing, though…It feels as though it needs something that doesn’t look like a book review.

David Hebblethwaite
Des Lewis Blog – 18th September 2017