On Reading

I think we ought to read only the kinds of book that wound and stab us….We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. —Franz Kafka

I do not disagree.

One thought on “On Reading

  1. How does one read only this type of book? Seems like a recipe for emotional exhaustion. A much milder description of what one may gain by reading comes in the movie Shadowlands: “We read to know we’re not alone.”


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