Read in high school because it was required. Later Hemingway pretty much floored me and I became a writer….
Your statement about the Reader being part of the equation is the essence of great art.
On another line… I’d like to hear your interpretation of my Old Man and the Pea. (I won’t put the link here because it might be interpreted as pandering. You can use the search feature on Medium if motivated.) :-)
We once had a broken clawfoot bathtub in which I used a number of books to prop up the corner where the missing leg was. One of the books was a duplicate copy of my Scribners edition of Old Man and the Sea. It added just the right height to my stack of books….
Thanks for sharing