Interview #43

Book Corner: “What We See When We Read: A Phenomenology” by Peter Mendelsund

Phyllis Chan | The Book Cure

Written and Images by Phyllis Chan | The Book Cure
Translation by Wendy Yiu

A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture sectors to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.

Why would you recommend this book?

Phyllis Chan: The existence of bookstore is for people to read. I think my bookstore sells reading more than the book itself (although it is a physical bookstore). Especially the old bookstore sells a variety of books, it’s hard to say which book is good, because everyone’s taste is different. Even on the same book, different people read differently. So if you can master the reading methods/tricks, you can get what you need from books.

"What We See When We Read: A Phenomenology"

Author: Peter Mendelsund

"What We See When We Read: A Phenomenology" is a guide for readers to think about reading. Peter Mendelsund is a well-known book cover designer and literary fanatic. With his own reading experience, he discusses reading with readers, and deconstructs reading from various perspectives, memory and fantasy, abstraction and reality.

The book uses concise text and lots of interesting illustrations. It feels like listening to a wonderful speech, telling you that reading black and white text is more exciting than color images. For those who like reading, a new perspective on reading will be developed. As for those who are not interested in reading, this book will definitely make him/her fall in love with reading and become an excellent reader!

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