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

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