Creating the Book Anew

The most fundamental control the reader exercises over the book arises from the fact that although there may be a movie or a record or a theatrical presentation, there is no book: each reader creates the book anew. My dominion over the book is abolute because when I lift my eyes from the page, the book ceases to exist. But when I close my eyes, the movie or record or television program continues...

Nell, p. 226

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