Saturday, August 31, 2013

The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The electronic apotheosis of mass culture has merely reconfirmed the elitism of literary reading, which was briefly obscured in the novel's heyday. I mourn the eclipse of the cultural authority that literature once possessed, and I rue the onset of an age so anxious that the pleasure of a text becomes difficult to sustain. I'm not sure I'll last long myself without buying a new one. But the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone. 

~ Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone: Essays, 2002

1 comments:

Arti said...

What is really true is that while reading we are not alone but surrounded by numerous characters of the book! We get to live the lives of so many people and experience so many situations! Have a Nice day Angeli :)

 
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