3 thoughts on “J IAN MANCZUR: Perspective

    1. I’m sorry you feel that way, Jeff. It wasn’t my intention, and I don’t think it was the author’s, to minimize the event. To me the story is an interesting observation on how people can internalize things differently. The person from New Jersey, “near” New York, does not identify him/herself by the attack, while someone across the country apparently can’t think of that area without making the 9-11 connection. Why have the two people internalized it so differently?

  1. I had a similar take on this one in so much as perspectives (cultural, political, geographical, world view or lack of one etc.) can often skew how one sees and or reacts to an event.

    As for the reader, we can only ascribe meaning to a text based on the baggage we bring to it in the act of it being read. This means the intention of the writer in a literary sense is immaterial to our understanding of a text as it depends on what we the readers bring to that text as mentioned above.

    This is the truly fun part of writing for me, because people will always interpret a text in different ways which may or may not have anything to do with the intentions of the author, but does it really matter? In a sense, once written the text stands alone and in itself it is its own entity detached from its creator. Sometimes writers purposely write in a vague manner so as to allow for multiple interpretations of meaning some of which may not have even been imagined by the writer, e.g. the double meanings found in some humour whether intentional or not.

    For me, the story itself doesn’t seem to go much beyond weighing up perspectives while comparing and contrasting tragedies, but that’s just my take on it. Everyone should be entitled to have multiple interpretations and feel however they want to about a text. Whether you like it or not if it makes you think and question the status quo it can’t be all bad.

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