“Let others boast of the pages they have written; I am proud of the pages I have read”. Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Argentine writer
There are those who enjoy writing, others reading… I think I’m more inclined to the second group. It’s almost incredible what you get when you open a book and enter the depths of another mind, of other feelings and emotions that were captured, sometimes, until eternity… Do I exaggerate? I don’t think so. There are words that come to life, it takes us to fly to other worlds, new perspectives open up and the space becomes wider and bigger.
Now, reading is not just deciphering words, as we walk our eyes through the letters in our minds we produce images, photographs, and we are making a whole interpretation at different levels in our brains and it is as if we were living those experiences ourselves.
“Learning to read is the most important thing that has ever happened to me. Almost 70 years later I remember clearly that magic of translating words into images” Mario Vargas Llosa (1936) Peruvian writer
However, it is worth pointing out that this is only possible when a conscious reading is made, that is, being completely present.
There must also be an open mind, without prejudice, ready to find something new, different, is the attitude expectant and even naive, innocent.
“My conduct as a reader, both in my youth and today, is profoundly humble. That is to say, it may seem naive and silly to you, but when I open a book I open it like I when open a package of chocolate, or enter the cinema, or arrive for the first time at the bed of a woman I desire; that is, it is a feeling of hope, of anticipated happiness, that everything is going to be lovely, that everything is going to be beautiful”. Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) Argentine writer
Why is this necessary, because much of what is new that we can find is lost when we go with our filters when we read, when we put what we found in a previous mold and try to pigeonhole what is in our squares, in this way we can lose the details that lead us to novelty.
Of course, this will also depend on the writer’s ability to make us transcend other ways and other ways of seeing things…
Personally there is an author in special that I think that I dedicate to this of demolishing many schemes of thoughts and above all of the way that one has to write, let’s say that he played with the words, the histories and his way of narrating them fluctuating between the reality and the surrealism, is Julio Cortázar, one of my favorite authors, but I believe that already the only one would be material for another post.
“In short, since I was a child, my relationship with words, with writing, is no different from my relationship with the world in general. I seem to have been born not to accept things as they are given to me”. Julio Cortázar (1914-1984) Argentine writer”
My recommendation would be to read and not just any book, but those that somehow lead us to dream, to change our way of thinking and open our minds, to be more broad and empathic also with the world and everything that surrounds us, I would say to read good books… What are good books? They are those who achieve all this…