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Interminable Reading

Jean-Luc Nancy

in On the Commerce of Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230365
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230365.003.0005
Interminable Reading

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All books are compilations of hieroglyphs, collections of sacred characters, and assemblages of icons and emblems that comprise a cipher with inextricable permutations, which each reader in turn undertakes to recompose using the key to a different code and a reinvented mythology. Libraries and bookstores are the depots, reserves, and shopwindows of these coffers, whose locks must be forced before they are closed again with a new bolt and latch.

Keywords: books; reading; painting

Chapter.  876 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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