This is an essay written by Brandon Monk. Please note: This essay originally appeared in multiple parts but has been compiled on medium as one 21 minute read. I have been thinking about the answer to the question, “Why Read,” for about two years. The question first became my focus as I reflected on why I had not read the first years out of formal education. At the time, I think I was desperate for answers and lonely. I read for answers to the big questions like how to exist and even why exist. As I started to read again I tried to think about why it was that I was

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This is an essay written by Brandon Monk. Please note: This essay originally appeared in multiple parts but has been compiled on medium as one 21 minute read. I have been thinking about the answer to the question, “Why Read,” for about two years. The question first became my focus as I reflected on why I had not read the first years out of formal education. At the time, I think I was desperate for answers and lonely. I read for answers to the big questions like how to exist and even why exist. As I started to read again I tried to think about why it was that I was

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