Seventh Reading

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    With its frame of shaking curls all in disarray,
    earrings swinging,
    make-up smudged by beads of sweat,
    eyes languid at the end of lovemaking,
    may the face of the slim girl
    who’s riding on top of you
    protect you long.
    What’s the use
    of Vi.s».n»u, iva, Skanda,
    and all those other gods?
    Amaru (c. seventh century A.D.)

    Like dreaming, reading performs the prodigious task of carrying us off to other worlds. But reading is not dreaming because books, unlike dreams, are subject to our will: they envelop us in alternative realities only because we give them explicit permission to do so. Books are the dreams we would most like to have, and, like dreams, they have the power to change consciousness, turning sadness to laughter and anxious introspection to the relaxed contemplation of some other time and place.
    Victor Null, South African educator, psychologist. Lost in a Book: The Psychology of Reading for Pleasure, introduction, Yale University Press (1988)