Wednesday, August 22, 2012

So Kafka

"I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the
book we are reading doesn't shake us awake like a blow on the skull,
why bother reading it in the first place? What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we love more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence... A book must be
the axe for the frozen sea within us." Kafka's letter to a friend in 1904