Chapter 16: “What‘s Going on with the Context/Setting?”

“Reading nonfiction and fiction are flip sides of the same coin. The only difference is that in the former, context hovers around the writing, as ideas about 19th-century séances hover around our experience of the Haunted Mansion; in the latter, context appears inside the text, like the ghost who shows up in our car at the end of the ride. Whether inside or outside, context is important.”