Wednesday, December 14, 2011

read charitably; or, what you read in a story vs. what you read into one

A few truths about reading:

1. Everyone thinks they read well.

2. No one reads as well as they think.

3. Criticism of a writer says more about the critic than the writer.

4. What characters believe may not be what their writers believe—and, for many writers, should not be what their writers believe.

All of which is to say, please, in life and art, read charitably.