Wednesday 22 November 2023

Reading is Where the Wild things Are

Literature is common ground. It is ground not managed wholly by commercial interests, nor can it be strip-mined like popular culture - exploit the new thing then move on.
   There’s a lot of talk about the tame world versus the wild world. It is not only a wild nature that we need as human beings; it is the untamed open space of our imaginations.
   Reading is where the wild things are.
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (London: Jonathan Cape, 2011), p. 144.