“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
“Cosmos” The Persistence of Memory (1980)
I really couldn’t agree more with Carl Sagan on this one. Books have a miraculous way of transporting us into different worlds and helping us understand things we may never encounter in our daily lives. Though I hardly make proper time for it, I really do love to read. In fact, that’s one of the reason’s I’m so excited for my upcoming Christmas vacation—finally setting aside some time to dive into good books.
What will I be reading? I can say with certainty that I’ll be diving into Darling Magazine (with 144 pages, that counts as a book!), God Loves Ugly, and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, which Rachel gifted me for our first-annual Christmas book exchange.
Do you like to read? If so, what will you be reading this holiday season?
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