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Let us carry out a simple experiment. Ask 10 people you know who is the most famous author they know. I bet you a bookmark, or two, that a large percentage of them will mention William Shakespeare; deserving so, since there has been no other author as prolific, engaging, and imaginative as this literary representative of the English people. His authorship may be disputed, his masterpieces somewhat inaccessible due to the complexity of Elizabethan English, but his mastery and superiority is impossible to argue against.
I am, shamelessly and unequivocally, polygamous. I love them all—the young and tender with the freshness of transformed biology encoded into odors that waft heavenward upon my touch; the old, decrepit and worn but experienced in their ways, with surety acquired through trials and tribulations, warriors of times past, immortal and persistent; the petite and lovable; the large ones, limited in mobility, but vigorous and muscular; the speakers of foreign tongues, full of mystery, through sounds guttural and sensual caressing my soul through time honored vibrations; the intellectuals and academics, serious and reserved, yet wise, impartial, and logical, in argument always fair; the religious, shy and tremulous, but somehow, paradoxically, experienced and full of wisdom; the adventurous, walkers of the edge, always at the threshold of life and death, sweating, poignant and terminal, forever certain, forever willing.
Some things in life are perfectly complementary. Peanut butter and jelly. Cookies and cream. Strawberries and chocolate. Yum! But being edible is not a prerequisite to complementarity. It turns out that the books you read, and the places you visit, can enhance one another just as well, perhaps even better, than a succulent piece of meat and a fine red wine (or a sumptuous salad and mango juice, for the discerning vegan).
We all read for different reasons. For some, literature is an escape, a set of destinations bound to be discovered, and akin to reality, understood and appreciated in manifold ways. For others, reading is an exercise, the means to an end of mental expansion and enhanced self-worth.
“Reading is fundamental”. How many times have you heard the phrase? In my case, I’ve lost count. Yet the simplicity of the sentence belies its truism. Reading is indeed fundamental, I’d even venture to say essential. Beyond basic education and literacy reading holds the key to your ultimate success. How so? Let us explore…