It is in my opinion, that it is vitally important to read. Not only for enjoyment and pleasure, but for understanding, for clarity, for escape. Finding a beautiful literary work is complicated because it touches each individual in a different way. Some can resonate with the style of writing or the content. Others enjoy the natural flow or patterns of the words. I am convinced that some of my favorite reads have been ones that somehow capture my thoughts or behaviors in some fashion, whether it be to a mild degree or an overwhelming pulse of creativity. Those types of stories are the ones that I feel as though I have read before. Of course, I haven’t, but the words and the feelings are so familiar to my brain that it seems possible.
One of my favorite authors is Jonathan Safran Foer. Before I knew of Mr. Foer, one of my favorite movies had been (and still is) Everything is Illuminated. Little did I know that this movie was based on one of Foer’s books. Ironic. Recently, the New Yorker feautured a short piece of Foer’s writing, which I fell in love with. It’s called, “Here We Aren’t, So Quickly”
I snipped some of my favorite lines from it and am posting them here, as I have been meaning to for a while. There’s actually a lot of snippets, but they’re all beautiful. Forgive me for the half lines at the beginnings and ends of paragraphs. Not intentional, but unavoidable.