Otherwise, this is definitely true- and reading the op, I had the same “a Ni dom said this?” reaction. I agree that it’s very difficult for Ni to separate ‘right now’ from ‘previous experience’ and/or ‘potential experience’. And reading anything about an isolated ‘right now’ or ‘the past’ can feel stifling/very unsatisfying to me if there isn’t something therein to connect it to a wider context of experiences.
For the past several years I’ve mostly read nonfiction. The last fiction book I read that I really liked was Unbearable Lightness Of Being.
Favorite authors that are coming to mind are Jorge Luis Borges and Dostoyevsky. I think I like them because they help me make sense of my experience of the world.
I just started reading The Little Golden Calf (Yevgeny Petrov), and I really like it so far (most reviews compare it to Don Quixote). What I appreciate about this kind of read (this particular brand of humor) is that it helps me to take life less seriously- things that I’d perceive on my own as being too heavy are made light of, which is extraordinarily helpful to me. Vonnegut has that affect on me too. Or Richard Brautigan or Tom Robbins. eta: And Douglas Adams.
The last thing I read that I didn’t really care for was something by David Sedaris, I can’t even remember the name. I don’t really understand the appeal that guy has. Reading his stuff feels (to me) like being trapped in a car with other versions of myself and we can’t stop arguing with each other about everything.