February 10, 2015 by admin

Reading is Bliss

At the moment, westsidewriter is enjoying the essays that make up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” by the late Nora Ephron. Many of the essays humorously lament the losses and indignities of middle age and beyond, but mixed in with these wry and witty observations are celebratory passages on the enduring pleasures of food, the perfect apartment–in her case a five-bedroom in the Apthorp, and books! In an essay entitled “Blind as a Bat,” Ms. Ephron regretted her need for reading glasses; yet she also wrote:

Reading is one of the main things I do. Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Do you have a favorite quote about reading?

More great quotes by famous authors about the joy of reading can be found at this blog on the New York Public Library web site.

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Interested in how Upper West Side residents are being portrayed by some contemporary playwrights? Take a look at this article in today’s edition of!

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