"But that was the point. Reading things that are relevant to the facts of your life is of limited…"

“But that was the point. Reading things that are relevant to the facts of your life is of limited value. The fact are, after all, only the facts, and the yearning passionate part of you will not be met there. That is why reading ourselves as a fiction as well as a fact is so liberating. The wider we read the freer we become. Emily Dickinson barely left her homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts, but when we read, ‘My life stood—a loaded gun’ we know we have met an imagination that will detonate life, not decorate it. So I read on.”

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Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2012)

“reading” here, for me, in the broadest possible sense of the word.

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