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One of my favorite realities of reading is how it connects another person’s thoughts into your head. Many of those people could even be dead. In a weird way, it’s a tremendous avenue to connect with other thinkers. You get to learn from other ideas, other perspectives, and other people’s stories.
This is a great paradox. I can be alone in my room and be mentally connecting with dozens of other people. While that may sound a bit schizophrenic to a critic, it can be absolutely exhilarating once you get used to it. It also makes you consider who your “reading friends” are. Like we are influenced by the people we surround ourselves with, we are also influenced by the people we read.
Who will you connect with this week through reading?