“At a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted,” he said, reading gave him the ability to occasionally “slow down and get perspective” and “the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes.” These two things, he added, “have been invaluable to me. Whether they’ve made me a better president I can’t say. But what I can say is that they have allowed me to sort of maintain my balance during the course of eight years, because this is a place that comes at you hard and fast and doesn’t let up.”
And so I think that I found myself better able to imagine what´s going on in the lives of people throughout my presidency because of not just a specific novel but the act of reading fiction. Int exercises those muscles, and I think that has been helpful.
We´re storytelling species.
Jag skrev ut hela intervjun av Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. Här är den!