There are two ideas in this review (and in the book itself) that might appeal:
- Every encounter with the work of art (say every reader, reading a book) is a new performance of the work, the reader performs the story, the book is just the score for that performance. Same with watching a TV show, a film etc. You create the experience afresh.
- It is the imperfection of the work that drives us to perform and re-imagine it.
Here is a good quote.
"All of the performances are imperfect. A dense, artistic kind of imperfection stimulates your consciousness, keeps your alert. If I listen to some utterly perfect performance of an utterly perfect piece ... I might want to close my eyes and die right then and there ... (but) I can feel the limits of what humans are capable of--that a certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect. And personally, I find that encouraging. Do you know what I'm getting at?"