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I Stay, I Go


22nd June 2002

8:15am: "Writing is a form of prayer..."

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head- what are we reading it for? But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us."

~Kafka, the Diaries.

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