The more I read the more I fought against the assumption that literature is for the minority - of a particular education or class. Books were my birthright too.
Perhaps all romance is like that; not a contract between equal parties but an explosion of dreams and desires that can find no outlet in everyday life.
If there is such a thing as spiritual adultery, my mother was a whore.
Pain is very often a maimed creature without a mouth.
I believe in communication; books communicate ideas and make bridges between people.
I had better come clean now and say that I do not believe that art (all art) and beauty are ever separate, nor do I believe that either art or beauty are optional in a sane society.