Psychological states as interior locations

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“Books often work like a key to unknown rooms in one’s own castle.”

—Franz Kafka in a letter to Oskar Pollak dated November 9th, 1903, as quoted in K: A Biography of Kafka, by Ronald Hayman

“How well do I know the reader? How much can I tell him without unnecessarily embarrassing either of us? I can tell him this: A place has been prepared for each of us in his own mind. Until a minute ago, I’d seen mine four times during my life. This is the fifth time. I’m going to stretch out on the floor for a half hour or so. I beg you to excuse me.”

—Buddy Glass in “Seymour—An Introduction,” by J. D. Salinger