Reading changed my life

Presence Reading helps you remain calm.

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Empathy As with any good conversation, when you read you do a lot of listening. She praises a kind woman from her childhood who shared books with her when Anna had started to outgrow her school library.

It is like studying astronomy: you start with this world which encompasses everything you know; and then you move on to the planets, the awesome sun, the stars that dwarf the sun, the overwhelming constellations made of their own stars and planets, and on and on.

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You feel like you've been searching this whole time for this moment, but never knew that. Each of them open up a new window of this universe, and we have the option of letting our eyes widen and start exploring.

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This other person, the writer, is imparting something, at the very least one thing, you didn't have before: a fact, a theory, a point of view, an emotion. Instead, you are where you need to be, right here, doing this, and all other things are secondary. The words written by a likely stranger have helped you connect with the person you ought to know the best, yourself, thus reminding you that sometimes a stranger appears within, too. So reading flexes your empathy. She discusses the folly of banning books, and remembers when her mother tossed aside a Philip Roth novel, calling it dirty, the first thing Anna did was pick it up and read it. In some way, everyone else has an edge on you. You may cry, smile, or wince, because that's you you're reading.

But you will likely connect with much more than that: the zeitgeist, the universe, a reality that exists somewhere else or that one day could be yours. The words written by a likely stranger have helped you connect with the person you ought to know the best, yourself, thus reminding you that sometimes a stranger appears within, too.

Once you start digging into a book that's caught your attention, time ceases to exist, your mind is completely immersed in what is in front of you.

I'd even argue I'd be less of a man.

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These essays were first published inand part of their charm is that they come from a different era. And they are hoping you care enough to truly listen.

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Unlike most books I love, I do not press it upon other readers, even the ones I know best A challenging book will force you to re-think those flabby truths. I'd even argue I'd be less of a man. The greatest books comfort you with this sense of belonging. These challenging books push back on everything you hold true. The amount of time and space that you invest in these darlings should be an investment, not a cost. It will essentially say you're wrong.

But first, check that "I know everything" ego at the door. Perhaps restlessness is a necessary corollary of devoted literacy.

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The return on this investment should be some sort of joy: a joy in having experienced it, a joy in having learned from it, or a joy in having found a new friend in it. So reading flexes your empathy. Or it may have been written in New Jersey a few years ago by some guy you know. If it weren't for the books I've read, I'd be a very different man today It will at least teach you what not to do or say or believe in. In some way, everyone else has an edge on you. Would you go on a second date with a guy who made you wince? The first book that ever seized me so completely by the throat that I read and reread it several times turned out to be one that epitomized both this utter falling into a book that is the hallmark of the way women often read, and the kind of intellectual snobbery that characterizes much of the discussion of books among those people who are considered experts in them It will demand that you stand up and defend your truths. It is like studying astronomy: you start with this world which encompasses everything you know; and then you move on to the planets, the awesome sun, the stars that dwarf the sun, the overwhelming constellations made of their own stars and planets, and on and on.. Once you embrace this truth, your humility deepens, because you know you don't have all the answers, you and your world are not all of it. There are also many books that have helped me articulate my own emotions or thoughts, helped me find a voice. The buses took to the interstate without me; the trains sped by. But you will likely connect with much more than that: the zeitgeist, the universe, a reality that exists somewhere else or that one day could be yours.
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How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen