This is my attempt to engage with the following Stegner quotation:
Salt Lake City is an easy town to know. You can see it all. Lying in a great bowl valley, it can be surmounted and comprehended and possessed wholly as few cities can. … The streets are marked by a system so logical that you can instantly tell not merely where you are but exactly how far you are from anywhere else … Looking into the blank walls of cities … breeds things in people that eventually have to be lanced.
Do you agree with me that the reader is the observer? Or do you think the author is the observer? Weigh in in the comments!