Friday, February 3, 2012

Books are Axes for the Frozen Sea Inside Us...

“I think we ought to read the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy? ...We need books that affect us like disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.” —Franz Kafka in a letter to his friend Pollak (1904)

On that note, Kafka would love my memoir, Too Cool for School...coming soon.


  1. I tripped over this in the comments section of a work of fanfiction. I wanted to save it and thought this was a good place to save it at.
    "I don't know if you have a feel-good, perfect solution to this moral problem where intuition is in total opposition against rationality, but I'm completely at a loss. And that is a fascinating sensation. I truly believe that one aspect of good literature is its ability to unsettle the reader, to confront them with situations where they have to think and rethink what they actually believe. On that score, you have most assuredly succeeded."

  2. This would be a great comment for any book.

    Thanks for sharing,