Why read?

Read on: "And this is the real pleasure of reading: not just the search for facts and information, which we can get just as well from other forms of media, but the connection to another human mind and heart that we can only experience when we enter a world that someone else has created."

No matter how often I use e-mail or IM or iPod, no matter how much tv I watch or how many movies I go to, this is the reason I read. The immediacy of touching the pages, turning them at my pace, allowing the characters to come to life in my mind is something that is not allowed by the other media.

Now excuse me, I have a book to finish.

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