He had learned how reading a book can take you away from anywhere, and make you feel like you’re somewhere else, and someone else.. Even if only for a little while.
From the earliest days, videogame players were less interested in winning than in going to a new psychic place where things were always a bit different, but always the same. The gambler and the videogame player share a life of contradiction; you are overwhelmed, and so you disappear into the game.
As a reader you recognise that feeling when you’re lost in a book? You know the one – when whatever’s going on around you seems less real than what you’re reading and all you want to do is keep going deeper into the story whether it’s about being halfway up a mountain in Brazil in 1823 of in love with a man you aren’t sure you can trust or fighting a war in the last human outpost, somewhere beyond the moon. Well, if you’re writing that book it’s real for you too.
The soul accepts the mystery within and all around, immersing itself in it, celebrating it.