Saturday, December 29, 2007

A necessary enlargement

"For a long time, I've felt that reading novels is not escape; it's a necessary enlargement of my life. I always think our lives are so sadly limited, even the most fortunate of us. We can only work at so many jobs, we can only live in so many places and experience so much. Through fiction we can undertake these journeys and yet remain at home and enormously expand our comprehension of the universe." --Carol Shields, "Art is Making, from Random Illuminations