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Contemporary Issues in ACES
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Avelardo Rivera The Conditions of a Good Reader 7 Period – February 14, 2016 There is a Swedish proverb that goes “I en god bok det basta mellan raderna” which translates into “In a good book, the best is between the lines”. As a reader, one’s job is to analyze text, retain relevant information, data, numbers and figures; all of this is the “important” content of a text. Once we’ve read line by line, word for word, letter by letter, we have fulfilled the task. A “good” reader, as Vladimir Nabokov says, notices and fondles details. A “good” reader is one with an active imagination, great memory, has somewhat of an artistic sense, and most important of all, a dictionary. A reader with an active imagination is able to bring a book to life, no matter the interpretation; for it is the author’s sole desire. A reader with a great memory is able to effortlessly connect A and B, thus adding to the reading experience if able to connect to a particular memory. A reader with an artistic sense is able to appreciate the rhetoric for its beauty, yet they do so as a whole. One is able to acknowledge the beauty of the work at hand, literally. A reader with a dictionary is able to stay afloat in the midst of a storm of unknown words, referencing this tool whenever something might not be clear. These are various applications of the traits of a reader. However, the traits of a “good” reader are the same but must meet, and occur under, certain conditions. First off, one must be in touch with their inner kid; one must be able to visit their childhood and remember their youthful lore. A “good” reader must meet the conditions for himself as well as for the book. One must pick an intellectually stimulating book. When these are met, they will provoke wild thoughts and strange questions. This is where imagination comes into play. A “good” reader with an active imagination is able to bring the lines of a book to life and then make it even more unique. An active imagination can adapt words, characters, and events to any scenario. In a well-known work by Kate DiCamillo, Edward Tulane is a personified, living, selfish china rabbit incapable of feeling emotions other than his self-praise and huge ego. As a “good” reader with an active imagination, one can bring this rabbit to life and have a conversation with him, allowing the reader to fathom Edward’s reactions to different scenarios. However, a “good” reader must know his limits and recognize the author’s boundary. One must keep the author’s work as the author intended it to be. We can adapt certain aspects and apply them freely but we must stick to the author’s original blueprint. A “good” reader must be able to tame his imagination in the very process of it all. The classic “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is by far the biggest lie told in the history of civilization. Now the second condition – a “good” reader cannot be afraid of reaching into one’s deepest hidden memories, or else reading can become a painful, manifested nightmare. A “good” reader is one with a great memory who can effortlessly connect A and B, thus allowing for a characters experiences and emotions to transcend the pages of a book. “Good” readers tap into their memories as to better Avelardo Rivera The Conditions of a Good Reader 7 Period – February 14, 2016 understand, or better yet, as to truly feel what the characters are going through by reliving a certain event associated with the emotions of the passage. However, a “good” reader must understand that no matter how alike a characters’ and reader’s experiences might be, no two are ever exactly the same. Later in the story, Edward Tulane felt lost and abandoned; I assure you we can all relate. We can all remember the times when we, too, felt lost and abandoned. We are able to have that sense of empathy for this inanimate creature. This is where that memory allows us to recall the events that made us feel a certain way. That same memory, though, is what allows a “good” reader to discern the different circumstances and conditions of both events, that is, noting the differences. It’s difficult to overcome self-doubt; which is why you must embark on a treacherous journey to a self-realization that your craft is a beautiful work of Art, and therefore you are an Artist. All “good” readers possess a slight artistic sense and therefore not only appreciate the book as a whole but also admire the delicacy and intricate positioning of every paragraph, every line, every period. The saying goes, “It takes one to know one”, and it speaks the truth. As writer ourselves we can tell a good line when we see one. To a certain extent, a “good” reader is a literary expert and connoisseur. We see why certain devices are used and thus understand their delicate placement. As artists, we are able to see what paint strokes were used, why they were used, as well as their effects in the context of the passage. However, a “good” reader must know that not all tools are used in the same way. In painting, a “fan brush” is one that’s flat with its bristles widely formed out. It can be used dry to drag paint lightly over the surface of a painting. If used wet, it can be used to create textures on canvas. When needed for ceramics, if used on wet glazes it gives a fine wood-grain effect. Same tool, different uses. A “good” reader must meet one more condition. A “good” reader must come to terms with the fact that they don’t know everything. When choosing a title, it’s important that the reader find unknown words in the text. This will allow the reader to expand their horizons in terms of the vernacular. A “good” reader’s best friend should be a dictionary. This will allow the reader to stay afloat in the midst of a storm of unknown words, but more importantly, understand the beauty in the words chosen. However, a “good” reader must understand the logic behind the diction as well as its overarching effect on Imagery, Tone, and Sensory description. A simple change in word choice could alter the tone or imagery of a line. For example, “it was a morbid sight to behold”. A “good” reader might not know what morbid means, and so they consult the dictionary – Morbid: suggesting a sad, unhealthy mental state or attitude, unwholesomely gloomy. Morbid is a very dark and heavy word, which adds a sense of weight to the line. It presents itself with a dark and sinister tone and imagery alike. Yet if we replace “morbid” with the word “sad”, and “behold” with the word “see” it’s meaning stays Avelardo Rivera The Conditions of a Good Reader 7 Period – February 14, 2016 the same, right? After all, “sad” belongs to a similar word choice has the same negative connotation. “It was a sad sight to see”, and it is indeed. It is neither heavy nor as dark and sinister as the original line. It carries the same diction, but with a different tone and imagery. This type of analysis lets us understand why each word is precisely chosen and therefore we understand its unique effect and unique beauty. As for the beauty of words, a “good” reader must be able to distinguish the different effects of words that are generally in the same kind of diction. Fat is not the same as plump. Connoisseur is not the same as fanatic. In order for one to be a “good” reader, one must pick an intellectually stimulating book, be in touch with their inner kid, not be afraid of reaching deeply hidden, suppressed memories, and embark on a hard – yet rewarding – journey to self-realization that one’s craft is a beautiful work of art, as well as a humbling journey where we realize we are not as smart as we think we are. No body is born being able to satisfy all conditions – I sure cannot. Some take longer than others, but we must remember that just like a book, it’s all a journey; and it all begins with the flip of a page.


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