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Of Love & Reading…

February 2nd, 2016

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…There is perhaps an important connection between love and reading, there is perhaps a comparable pleasure offered by both…A feeling of connection may be at the root of it. There are books that speak to us, no less eloquently—but more reliably—than our lovers. They prevent the morose suspicion that we do not fully belong to the human species, that we lie beyond comprehension. Our embarrassments, our sulks, our feelings of guilt, these phenomena may be conveyed on a page in a way that affords us with a sense of self-recognition. The author has located words to depict a situation we thought ourselves alone in feeling, and for a few moments, we are like two lovers on an early dinner date thrilled to discover how much they share (and unable to touch much of the seafood linguine in front of them, so busy are they fathoming the eyes opposite), we may place the book down for a second and stare at its spine with a wry smile, as if to say, “How lucky I ran into you.” 

~ Alain de Botton

 

'Home', a book igloo held together by natural forces, created by Columbian artist Miler Lagos.

‘Home’, a book igloo held together by natural forces, created by Columbian artist Miler Lagos.


 

3 Responses to “Of Love & Reading…”

  1. Books are incredible acts of magic, spells that change the world, ways of passing messages from the dead to the living, from the past to the future. Books are dreams given solid form, and dreams allowed to slip smoothly from one head to another. They are acts of magical transformation, methods of healing and catharsis, acts of hope and faith. Here’s to more books.

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