A Sense of Necessity

In my view, the most important factor when it comes to recognising a work (which is to say, quite simply and materially, to reading it): that it should emit a sense of necessity, that it should release us from skepticism: “Why? Why not?” (“Necessity”?-Perhaps what makes meaning proliferate: so that after reading is different than before).

Roland Barthes – The Preparation of the Novel.

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