They seem incompetent at the stuff that is over-and-above. I think maybe it continues on inside their heads they are incapable of catching it as they read but. They have been too directly intent from the reading. They cant get started looking two ways at the same time. I think too they truly are afraid of the simplicity of several things they believe on the side as they read. They wouldn’t have the face to get in touch it written down aided by the great author they have already been reading. It might be a childhood memory; it might be some homely simile; it might be a line or verse of mother goose. They need it to be big and bookish. But they haven’t books enough in their heads to fit book stuff with book stuff. Of course several of that would be all right.
Indeed, in many ways Frost’s advice on essay-writing is truly suggestions about reading — that mutuality of thought between reader and writer, pulsed through by the book as “a heart that only beats into the chest of some other.” Echoing Virginia Woolf’s dictum on the best way to read a written book, Frost offers counsel so passionate so it becomes almost a stream-of-consciousness prose poem, barely punctuated:
The video game is matching your author thought for thought in any of many ways that are possible. Reading then becomes that are converse and take. It is only conversation where the reader takes part addressing himself to some thing in the author inside the subject matter or form. […]