Uncategorized | April 19, 2005

It might be said that we never read the same book twice. Whenever we read a book–be it a novel or a collection of stories or poems–again, something has always changed. We are older the second time (never younger!); the margins might be filled with notes from the previous encounter; the world as we see it and experience it might exist in a different context for us. Gretchen Henderson, in her web-exclusive commentary, “The Beauty of This Adventure: Reading and Rereading Literary Journals,” turns Henry James’s observation about the experience of rereading to an endeavor close to our own hearts–the literary journal. She asks, “How do readers (subscribers and otherwise) read and reread these volumes? What do they do with issues after the release of subsequent volumes? Are they thrown away, donated to libraries or doctors’ offices, kept and designated to their own bookshelf, like one of those ubiquitous collections of National Geographic?” Henderson writes fiction and is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.