Thursday, February 5, 2015

The curious love of reading

The image and quote from the New Yorker's The History of "Loving" to Read

Romance structures literary life, and to be a reader is, often, to follow its choreography, from susceptibility and discovery (“I just saw it there in the bookstore!”) to infatuation, intimacy, identification, and obsession. We connect with books in an intellectual way, but the most valuable relationships we have with them are emotional; to say that you merely admire or respect a book is, on some level, to insult it. Feelings are so fundamental to literary life that it can be hard to imagine a way of relating to literature that doesn’t involve loving it. Without all those emotions, what would reading be?

2 comments:

Jon DeepBlue said...

Well of course!!!! :)

Hugs
Jon

Writer said...

Obviously, DeepBlue, not all of us are as in-tuned to our emotional lives. :p

;)