Monaco reminded me of a part of the title section of the book the Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; this is pretty much just a cute video about a part of the book. Anyway, the book details an account of a musician who begins to “see things.” The specific intersection of the book and Monaco is that the musician’s problem was not in the mechanism of seeing (eyes still functioned properly in physiological terms and there was no severing of the connection between eye and brain) but instead it was the brain’s interpretation of those signals which was causing him to literally see his wife as a hat.

I’m not quite sure how, or even if, this fits into the idea of reading an image. While it does support the notion of interpretation of visual stimuli, this particular ailment has no ties to culture (unless there is some culture that I haven’t encountered where the trappings of 70s Western culture are entirely interchangeable).