“Reading… The one entirely benign mind-altering drug…” Penelope Lively

“Reading in old age is doing for me what it has always done — it frees me from the closet of my own mind. Reading fiction, I see through the prism of another person’s understanding; reading everything else, I am traveling — I am traveling in a way that I still can: new sights, new experiences. I am reminded sometimes of the intensity of childhood reading, that absolute absorption when the very ability to read was a heady new gain, the gateway to a different place, to a parallel universe you hadn’t known was there. The one entirely benign mind-altering drug…”

From Penelope Lively’s memoir, “Dancing Fish and Ammonites.”

Temples of reading, libraries lost in Los Angeles:
1927 echoparklibrary

Echo Park Branch

1925hollywoodlibrary

Hollywood Branch

1923 universitybranch

University Branch

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