Thursday, March 25, 2010

Weathering Through

"Writing and reading allow one consciousness to find and take shelter in another," asserts author Tom Bissell in a recent article in The Guardian. "When the minds of the reader and writer perfectly and inimitably connect, objects, events and emotions become doubly vivid -- more real, somehow, than real things...Today, however, the pleasures of literary connection seem leftover and familiar."

I think everyone who revels in the pleasure of literary connection also occasionally inhabit moments of freefall -- when the possibility of having such an experience seems absurd on its face. Let us hope, though, in those moments one does not turn, as Bissell did, to copious amounts of cocaine and video games, but simply weathers through.

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