, you'd think, and indeed it's fortunate that I did not
Best-selling author and motivational speaker Andy Andrews blends truth and fiction in his book, The Noticer
. In its introduction, he tells the story of an unusual encounter that shifted the course of his life from self-destruction to self-discovery and success.
Other gifted noticers
are Irina Kabanova and Dan Kostopulos.
Poets are yakkers of the first order, avid noticers
and down-to-earth rabbis.
Corrigan and White's (2008) fleshing out of the film concept of mise-en-scene--a breakdown of all the lighting, staging, and camera angles employed to communicate a filmmaker's narrative--is a tremendous resource for helping viewers become true noticers
Contemplative worship planners are thus not experts on liturgy or music or the like, but instead lead noticers
. When worship begins, they make like Zaccheus: caring more about catching a glimpse of Jesus than about the plans they made.
They work because the authors are great noticers
, and we are barely aware that Johnson's Isabel Walker is a referent to Henry James's Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady.
Much of the discussion is about observation: "Literature makes us better noticers
of life; we get to practise on life itself, Mr Wood writes.
Always, there are recognizable character types: narrators who are constantly told about their weaknesses and faults at the same time that they are acknowledged to be "first-class noticers
," scheming lawyers, unfaithful wives and ex-wives, tough-talking relatives, big-time pontificators, hardheaded reality instructors, and womanizers Bellow has taken to describing as hommes a femmes.