and then, once I have enjoyed the first reading I set her books aside never to be read again. I recently re-read
Michael Chabon’s THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. I find Chabon to have a transparent style that allows me to see clearly through to character and plot and then, once I have enjoyed the first reading I
return to his books again and again for the pleasure of the language and nuance and resonant details. Ditto a
recent re-reading of MOBY-DICK or the dozen times I have read HAMLET. I am currently struggling within myself
over whether this is a matter of quality or taste. Some prefer Mason over Chabon and so be it. But do I myself prefer Chabon over Mason because his style of writing is more like my own, perhaps his style of thinking more like my own? Or is there a quality, a Quality, which transcends preference? More on this tomorrow when I pick up the
fine thread of detail.