Saturday, September 06, 2008

Nora Ephron on Reading

"Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss."
From I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman


T. said...

Amen, amen, a thousand times amen. Thank you for posting that!

Elaine Fine said...

I just finished the book. There's a whole chapter on reading called "On Rapture" that reminds me of some of the posts you have written about reading, t, and yes (even though this is a book directed towards a reading audience of women), there is a chapter in search of Le strudel perdu that I think Michael would enjoy. Now that I'm finished with it, Michael knows where he can find the book, but you live far away. You'll have to (and should) get your own copy. Thank goodness for Nora Ephron.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, I did enjoy it. My manliness suffered no dent.