I’ve seen this quotation in several places lately. It’s from Sven Birkerts’ ‘The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age’:
“To read, when one does so of one’s own free will, is to make a volitional statement, to cast a vote; it is to posit an elsewhere and set off toward it. And like any traveling, reading is at once a movement and a comment of sorts about the place one has left. To open a book voluntarily is at some level to remark the insufficiency either of one’s life or one’s orientation toward it.”
To what extent does this describe you?I don't travel because I'm searching for something or escaping something. I travel to remind myself that yes, there are other worlds out there - some wonderful and magical, some dark, exotic, dangerous, depressing - but I am thankful for where I come from, and travel separates me from my place so that I can see my home and my life with new, appreciative eyes. I believe that's why I read -- to visit for a while, not for any insufficiency, but for a renewed commitment to the life I'm living.
What do you say?