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"So long as we continue to have such trouble telling each other what we really feel, there'll be room for literature."

The title of this blog entry is taken from a tweet by an acclaimed writer, Alain de Botton ‏(@alaindebotton) posted a few days ago. In fact I haven't regarded myself as a person who needs literature for such an objective. Or more candidly speaking, I've been trying hard to convince myself that it'd be just like "opening Pandra's box" for me to dive into the oceans of great literature. There's always this feeling, anticipation, or even "hope" that I'd be spending most of my time reading literature once I retire and have an abundance of dispensable time on my own with some pretty cat on my lap.

I'm saying this rather shamefully. I finally started reading a novel that I had obtained more than half a year ago. It's a collection of short stories written by an extraordinarily talented American writer who no longer is able to produce his masterpieces. The story I chose to read first turns out to be amazingly interesting, making me regret that I should've read this gem decades ago, particularly while I was muddling through my dark-of-the-darkest twenties. Here's my favorite part of what I read just now;

"... because I couldn't be as good as I eventually wanted to be, how frustrating it was to get just good enough to know what getting really good at it would be like but not being able to get that good, etc."

That succinctly depicts the chaotic mixture of unreasonableness, unfairness, inferiority complex, pride, regrets, sorrow, and everything that constantly occupied my mind when I was surrounded by returnees from English speaking countries who sounded extremely proficient in English to my ear back then. Here's, again, what Alain de Botton ‏just tweeted: Writing: if I've properly studied what's going on in me, there's a good chance it'll read as if it's about you.

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