Words as x-rays, books as musical scores

Normally, Atwood and Huxley wouldn’t be found together. But they have things in common. Both have works that are darkly, politically brilliant. Prescient even. And both are sonic sharp with language.

“Words can be like x-rays — if you use them properly, they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

Aldous Huxley, from Brave New World

“Books are frozen voices, in the same way that musical scores are frozen music. The score is a way of transmitting the music to someone who can play it, releasing it into the air where it can once more be heard. And the black alphabet marks on the page represent words that were once spoken, if only in the writer’s head. They lie there inert until a reader comes along and transforms the letters into living sounds. The reader is the musician of the book: each reader may read the same text, just as each violinist plays the same piece, but each interpretation is different.”

Margaret Atwood, part of an interview in which she explained by people love to give books as gifts.



About FS

Toronto, Canada. Writing about slices of life, the moments and minor details of which come into awareness or out of imagination and the spaces inbetween.
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