That is why I read: I want everything to be okay. That’s why I read when I was a lonely kid and that’s why I read now that I’m a scared adult.
Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey (Someone Reading a Book)
I was a new writer and I was supposed to write all the time, wasn’t I? I had not yet discovered that there are times when one can’t write, one shouldn’t write, times for thought, for deepening, or just reading, or simply living.
Stanley Crawford in a letter to Noy Holland (The Believer
, Feburary 2010)