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Hannibal Lecter, My Father - Kathy Acker
Can a reader ever truly experience a book in the way that was originally intended by the author? Each reading of a text is something new created by the unique associations triggered in the imagination of the reader. In a print-literate society, each person's unique interpretation of a text remains a private experience. In the oral tradition prior to the printing press, stories were passed by word of mouth through the generations: The original story was gradually morphed according to the whims or confabulations of each successive storyteller. Through publication a text becomes frozen: morphing or re-presenting of the original is discouraged by copyright laws.
Some post-modern writers use existing texts as fodder or foundation for new texts, a process which can produce some surprising results. In Hannibal Lecter, My Father author Kathy Acker explains what can be achieved through a representing of texts: