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Reading For A Fresh Understanding of Humanity

July 11
20:24 2012
One man has a Stephen King problem. In describing how much he can’t admire King’s prose, he does shed light on why some of us value reading as one of the highest, most worthwhile endeavors:

Among the things I hope for when I open a book of fiction is that each sentence I read will be right and true and beautiful, that the particular music of those sentences will bring me a pleasure I wouldn’t be able to find the exact equivalent of in another writer, that I will be continually surprised by what a particular writer reveals about particular human beings and the world they inhabit. A great book of fiction will lead me toward some fresh understanding of humanity, and toward joy.

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