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stewart on the privacy of reading

Posted by rigorousm on January 14, 2015

Since the moment of Augustine’s reading silently to himself, reading has inhabited the scenes of solitude: the attic, the beach, the commuter train,scenes whose profound loneliness arise only because of their proximity to a tumultuous life which remains outside their peripheries.

— Susan Stewart, “On Description and the Book,” On Longing: narratives of the miniature, the gigantic, the souvenir, the collection, p 14.

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