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Reading in these days of quarantine and Easter.

What better time to read than these days of quarantine and Easter. In days of confinement and crisis, reading is the best recommendation and the greatest inspiration, because through it we acquire knowledge on our own initiative and we travel to unsuspected worlds

These are the thoughts of Nelson Fredy Padilla, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper El Espectador, in a daily column entitled Thoughts from Home during the crisis.

He makes the point that if we accept the pact that a writer proposes, we become characters in the work and co-authors of it: 
"Each reading opens the mind in a different way depending on the subject, our emotional state, how much our self and that of others we confront, and how much it reveals to us of the human condition."

Maria Popova, the Bulgarian-born, American-based writer of literary and arts commentary, explaining why we should read offers the following advice:

“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,” Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful meditation on why we read and write. For Kafka, reading was “the axe for the frozen sea within us”; for James Baldwin, a way to change our destiny. “Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy,” E.B. White wrote in contemplating the future of reading in 1951. “A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic,” Carl Sagan asserted in his iconic Cosmos series.

Check out Maria Popova's website here: https: // 

And today in the Madrid newspaper ABC we read: "Because a book can not only be a good companion for good times: there are books that heal our soul (and sometimes also the body)."

And to remember Charles Baudelaire, whose birthday is today April 9th, who reminds us that a book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a companion on our way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.


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