Reading Literature

The appeal of reading literature is based ultimately on he pleasure of being transported from one’s immediate physical surroundings to a world merely imagined… The prerequisite to such transport is an attitude of leave-taking from the world of ordinary responsibilities. The very attention that reading demands of us ensures such a relinquishing of ordinary concerns. Self-forgetfulness is an essential ingredient of our best reading experiences.

– Leland Ryken, Realms of Gold, p. 159