The process as we move our eyes from word to word is corrective and revisionary rather than progressive. Each new word revises the complex picture we had before.

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction, rev. ed. (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2009), p. 4.

Quoted in

Ashon T. Crawley, The Lonely Letters (Durham: Duke University Press, 2020), p. 125.

Bryce Wilner