The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader

1. The right not to read
2. The right to skip
3. The right not to finish a book
4. The right to re-read
5. The right to read anything
6. The right to “Bovary-ism”, a textually transmitted disease (the right to mistake a book for real life)
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to dip in
9. The right to read out loud
10. The right to be silent


[F.O. – from Daniel Pennac,
The Rights of the Reader (1992)]
Featured image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir,
Portrait of Edmond Maitre/The Reader (1871)

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