Jennifer Morrison describes an event in which the text before her As editors, we sometimes feel like we're riding around in a limousine in which the smoked glass has been installed backward. Where are we going? Who's out there? We can't see you. Partly because of that occupational myopia, we initiated the Missouri Review Preternatural Readers' Response contest, asking people to describe their peak reading experiences. Do the civilians out there, reading on their own time, for no academic or profit-related reasons, in fact have such experiences? I am happy to report they do, although the responses we received, from all over the country, indicate that people see a reader's high in quite different ways than I had expected. Some answered with descriptions of particular moments in reading. seemed so correct and accurate that it was like an experience of déjà vu: "Even though you've never read it before you know it's saying exactly what it should be saying, and there for an instant you have become the final link with this absolutely right combination of subject and word choice, and the one simple desire you have is to share it." Morrison believes that such moments are fleeting,
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1987
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