"Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet."
Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
I have lived a thousand lives and I have loved a thousand loves. I've walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.