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    Longreads | 7/22/19 | 17 min
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    • SEnkey
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      Very well done. I've often thought that there are some authors and works that have to be approached at the right time or place. Dostoevsky is great to read in the winter just before spring. Conrelia Funke goes great with late summer, when unmet expectations bring on lazy melancholy. Jack London is best read in the late adolescent or early teenage years. Hemingway belongs to the young, and should be read when it is hot and sweltering. Austen should be read when missing out on an opportunity you think you deserve. These are all just my opinions of course - but her bit about secrets to unlocking texts really hit me in a familiar way.

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      3 weeks ago

      But I think he — or she — found a poetic way to express how shattering deep reading can be, and how our very bodies sometimes have to be a little bit destroyed for us to access it. The poet also knew there was something implausible and magical about reading intensely, that the feeling might only be granted for brief moments, like a spell.