Nightwood by Djuna Barnes was not an open text to me in the sense that I had a hard time working through it and finding a way in. I began it at the beginning, how I do with most books, but then decided to try something new. I decided to approach it by skipping around and through the narrative to find my way in.
I found this text easiest to approach in this way, which was a strange new revelation for me. I had never read a text before in this way, only fro beginning to end, how I was taught to read and follow narrative.
But, as we've gone through the semester learning about narrative, we have also learned how narrative began in its convention, and then read this text, the first of three, that showed us how these conventions could be broken. I find my ability to skip around in the text and find a way in, to what I found to be actually, quite beautiful.