qotd: attention

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Literature is dialogue; responsiveness . . . A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.

Susan Sontag, from speech after being awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2003

qotd: reading

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Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books. Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human.

—Susan Sontag, Where The Stress Falls