books. regularly. independently and habitually. because they love reading. period.
not because of me. because you haven’t gotten around to it yet, but you’re tired of just sitting there like a dummy when you take the subway with me because i’m winning by reading.
not because you think you’ve reached your limit of reading-you’ve read books before, you even own books, have a shelf full of them! you’ve done it before, you know what it’s about. you read magazines, you’re good.
DEFINITELY NOT because you think you’re somehow qualified to write a book BUT YOU DON’T READ.
DEFINITELY NOT because you’ve designed course outlines and you’re good with the books you’ve chosen and there are no current books or any that have come out in the last 80 years that would also work in the syllabus and could possibly be more inspiring to your students because they speak more directly to their experience. you believe that they should meet you, you shant meet them. (this is what teachers who don’t read sound like)
you don’t have time to read.
but you have watched all the tv shows/movies/porn that has been produced in the past ten years
but you are fluent in emoji (though you can’t spell)
but you send 10,000 text messages a day (to me alone, who knows how many others to how many others?!) and they’re all full of emojis and misspelled words
my feelings on “common interests” with a romantic partner have shifted over the years. there was a time when i pondered whether or not interest/love/knowledge of hip hop was a must. lately, i’ve wondered whether or not interest/love/knowledge of basketball is a must.
i have come to the conclusion that neither of these things are a must, as i have homies and friends who can fulfill this for me. and when it comes to lovers, my conversation needs to be shifted to shared values.
because reading is about coping with life, making the most of it of what we’ve got, and learning to adapt.
because reading is about imagining your ways out and in.
because reading is about creativity because it is creativity-with every single page.
because reading is about being the solution instead of sustaining the problem.
because reading is agency, activism, escape and (the) rest.
because reading is education, freedom, choice, and listening.
and these are all my values, and because you can’t truly love me if you don’t love to read. books. regularly. independently and habitually. because you love reading. period.