I understand that when people read my books that there’s something there – but I don’t identify with it.
If men were but to read the New Testament with the same tone and emphasis, with which they do other books, and were to keep out of mind the idea of its being sacred, they would be disgusted with the credulity, and the want of intellect, reason and judgment, that is apparent in it.
Every fact in my films is true. And yet how often do I have to read over and over again about supposed falsehoods?
Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, ‘Children’s Letters to God.’ You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, ‘Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.’
I started reading seriously after I was in college. I read comic books. I read every ‘Power Man’ and ‘Iron Fist’ that ever came out. I had a teacher introduce me to poetry, and that kind of woke me up.
Even famous poets such as Marianne Moore and William Carlos Williams were rarely asked to read their poems.
I don’t think you can read poetry while you’re watching television very well.
You can read everybody. It’s not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it’s false.
I used to comfort myself with the idea of a book with serrated, detachable pages, so that you could read the thing the way it came and then shuffle the pages, like a giant deck of cards, and read the book in an entirely different order. It would be a different book, wouldn’t it? It would be one of infinite books.
If I could always read, I should never feel the want of company.