I feels exciting when you start discovering this humans with their own routines in writers. And you can even find their practical advices. I think even when i see a writers portrait picture on the back of the book I don’t really connect that I’m reading this persons thoughts or that he is talking to you. Its more like this accidental person from somewhere happened to be on this book who’s writer I know because i am reading him today.
A quote from Brain Pickings blog post about future of reading, written 60 years ago.
For me, when you read a book it is more that you have this interesting channel that is higher and different that any other channel you can have with living people and in that channel you hear the only thoughts you understand of that creator and you don’t hear the ones you can’t observe, basically it reminds the message and noise effect in communication theory. So in that channel you have a tone of voice and thoughts. Once it happened to me that at school I adored one book by one young philosopher, I thought he speaks exactly what interests me now and I get him. When I grew up and met him he completely hated that book, but i forced him to sign it to me because we became friends. After a while I took it to read again and it seamed to be distant, but familiar only as a memory of me reading that book before and having that connection with the person who was writing that book before and about that old channel we had. So it is a story about four people in different time who where connected by one book once and can’t have this happened again. I wonder how does writers children feel when they read their parents book, I mean adult children reading their parents books about different life subjects, philosophical books. Do they feel like they connect with some different person that is projected by their parents?