In a message dated 3/5/2002 11:09:27 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> of the great joys of the written word is it allows the reader to experience
> thoughts and emotions experienced by the characters which the reader might
> otherwise never experience in the primary world.
> I've never wanted to insert myself in stories I'm reading.
But you've just described the process of doing precisely that -- the process
by which YOU (not remote, distanced literary creations) acquire primary
experience by reading the text.
We're talking about the same thing here -- honest.
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