Comic, actor and author Russell Brand thinks books are a portal.
Although the British comedian doesn’t have any children of his own, he is known for his poetic prose and use of language.
So it’s still upsetting for him that some young people do not get to enjoy the pleasure of books the way he did growing up.
“That’s a heartbreaking idea, my mum was particularly good at committing herself wholeheartedly to a variety of voices, and narrative choices which were sometimes dubious,” he told ITV London News. “I think reading can serve as a portal to different dimensions.”
Russell was asked what he meant by a recent comment that the world isn’t made of atoms, it’s made of stories.
The 39-year-old was more than happy to use a book he recently read as an example to explain his views.
“Trapped in a book can be the voice of a dead guy. It struck me the other day when I was reading Malcolm X’s autobiography, that his thoughts are now living inside my brain,” he said. “What a bizarre alchemy, what an extraordinary thing that through these inky hieroglyphs we can access new worlds, old thoughts, new ways of perceiving the world.”
Russell’s love of books has led to him being asked to give a lecture on his personal experience of reading as a child.
As an adult, he has also written a number of titles and this month sees him release his first children’s book, Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin.