Literary Exploration

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” — Mark Twain

It’s no secret that I love to write and I love to travel. But what brought me to both those loves was my love of reading. For me, exploration/ lostness is more than just physically going places. Reading has that great ability to shrink the world and expand it out again, give us access to a million different lives, places, ways of being: more than anything else, perhaps. And both travel and reading challenge us to rethink our ways of seeing the world and perhaps revise our perceptions.

So, I would like to incorporate this love of reading good writing into this blog every now and then by sharing with you when I find a book that is  especially ground-shaking, or that makes me feel like I have gone down a rabbit hole into another world where I can see a side of a place or thing I might not have thought about in the same way before.

In the end, travel, reading, and writing, are all about adventure, really. I think this quote sums it up nicely:

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure— self-determined, self-motivated, often risky— forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and the boundless cruelty of humankind —and perhaps realise that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”

— Mark Jenkins