In this next Gallery Talk, John Timmons and I sit in the office and talk Courbet, realism, and reading process. It really gave us a chance to continue on some of the idea we roundabouted on the Saint Francis piece.
In terms of the “Confluence” thesis, much of this is laying down ground work for much of the ideas that I had been pursuing in other essays on lingering, slowing down in the act of reading, and considering what constitutes the subject of the confluence: images, actions, events, choices (which are kinds of actions). One of the conclusions that I’ve come to over the past month is that in the context of reading hypertext, the range of objects one can consider is vast: deep and generous readings of hypertext will depend not just on the scope of reader experience but also on historical relationships. The reader must relate, which ties in Susan Gibb’s notion of the relation between mind and hypertext.