Notebook: Two Ceremonies

Writing and reading notoriously take place in solitude, and are often kind to people who welcome it, making public recognition of writing a sometimes awkward affair. Literary people have been known to blink a few times when stepping into the spotlight, in spite of literature’s ancient origins in performance. Every now and then, though, a public literary occasion manages to tap into the primary encounter of the reader with the word on the page, invoking the individual awe of an experience of reading, reminding us how powerful this experience can be.

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