The Text is a Swing

Emailing with an old friend and colleague Tom this morning about teaching literature.  He continues to be an inspiration to my teaching because he introduced me to reader response theory and Louise Rosenblatt.  I told him that most students learn in school that reading is the search for the right answers from others, but from my point of view, reading is really the search for the self through others.  Then this image came to mind; that is, the freedom the author is offering up to the reader within the swing of the text.