A Distance Widens and Then It Is Crossed

Posted in IYN: Quotable

Antoine Maillard for The New York Times

“But the most magical moments in reading occur not when I encounter something unknown but when I happen upon myself, when I read a sentence that perfectly describes something I have known or felt all along. I am reminded then that I am really no different from anyone else.
Perhaps that is the secret motive behind every library: to stumble upon ourselves in the lives and lands and tongues of others. And the more foreign the setting, the more poignant the event seems. For a strange thing occurs then: A distance widens and then it is crossed.”
—Hisham Matar from “Books Can Take You Places Donald Trump Doesn’t Want You to Go” from The New York Times