The Reading Animal

Reading All Things

Here’s a drawing in response to Alberto Manguel’s chapter “Metaphors of Reading” in A History of Reading. Reading this chapter several years ago was very helpful to me in thinking about the metaphors we read by, ultimately leading me to a consideration of the role of freedom and faith in reading.

This time I was struck by Manguel’s short biography of Whitman and Whitman’s use of “reading” as the core metaphor for daily existence: “For Whitman, text, author, reader and world mirrored each other in the act of reading, an act whose meaning he expanded until it served to define every vital human activity, as well as the universe in which it all took place” (168).