Feeling Egoless

Losing yourself in a book, the old phrase, is not an idle fantasy but an addictive, model reality. Virginia Woolf famously said, in a letter, “Sometimes I think heaven must be one continuous unexhausted reading.” Surely the heavenly part is that-again-Woolf’s words-“the state of reading consists of the complete elimination of the ego.” Unfortunately, we never do lose the ego, any more than we can step over our own feet. But that disembodies rapture, reading, is trance-like enough to make us feel egoless.

Susan Sontag – Writing as Reading

Author: Anthony

To quote Samuel Beckett's letter to Thomas MacGreevy (25 March 1936), 'I have been reading wildly all over the place'. Time's Flow Stemmed is a notebook of my wild readings.

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