Open Books, Open Worlds


I wouldn’t be a songwriter if it wasn’t for the books I read as a kid. … When you can escape into a book it trains your imagination to think big and to think that more can exist than what you see.

Taylor Swift doesn’t just sing about books (You know the words: “Here I am an open book … Baby you hold the key to the diary of me …”). She donates books, too. Electric Literature writes that the singer and songwriter has donated 25,000 books to twenty-five New York City schools as part of Scholastic’s “Open a World of Possible” initiative. Sweet!

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →