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To achieve deep focus nowadays is also to have struck a blow against the dissipation of self; it is to have strengthened ones essential position [in life].
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I often find that a novel, even a well-written and compelling novel, can become a blur to me soon after I've finished reading it. I recollect perfectly the feeling of reading it, the mood I occupied, but I am less sure about the narrative details. It is almost as if the book were, as Wittgenstein said of his propositions, a ladder to be climbed and then discarded after it has served its purpose.

— Sven Birkerts

If anything has changed about my reading over the years, it is that I value the state a book puts me in more that I value the specific contents.

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Language is the soul's ozone layer and we thin it at our peril.

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I read books to read myself.

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The books that matter to me ... are those that galvanize something inside me. I read books to read myself.

— Sven Birkerts

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