Dreams, Memory, Escape / The World of Books | Susan Sontag, Letter to Borges, 1996

André Kertész, Greenwich Village, New York, 1966

"You said that we owe literature almost everything we are and what we have been. 
If books disappear, history will disappear, and human beings will also disappear. 
I am sure you are right. Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, 
and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence. 
Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from 
the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books.
 Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human."

Susan Sontag, from ‘Letter to Borges’, June 13, 1996 

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Anonymous said...

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”

Sylvia Plath


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