One would be difficult, but the short stories of Flannery O’Connor landed hard on me. You could feel within them the unknowability of God, the intangible mysteries of life that confounded her characters, and which I find by my side every day. They contained the dark Gothicness of my childhood and yet made me feel fortunate to sit at the center of this swirling black puzzle, stars reeling overhead, the earth barely beneath us.
– Bruce Springsteen
This interview with Bruce about books he’s read and loved is a revelation to me. First of all, he’s a voracious reader (confirming my view that most of the people I’m intrigued by in this world turn out to be readers), and second of all, he evokes the power that books can have over us. That last sentence about the stars reeling overhead just takes my breath away.