Sunday, February 27, 2011

Books

I have yet to post about my love for books.  The problem lies not in my lack of words on the subject but rather in the overabundance of them.  I can't seem to find the time to write out a comprehensive description of why I love them.  For my papers this term I have been writing a lot about the destruction of books (a topic suggested by a fellow bibliophile).  The history of book burning and the systematic destruction of books is fascinating (so much so that I get carried away by reading as the hours pass by in a flash leaving me with less time to write my paper and more books added to my reading list).  Suffice to say I should be writing for school at this moment and not on here so I will leave you with a quote I just came across and enjoyed:

"Of all man's instruments, the most astonishing is, without any doubt, the book.  The others are extensions of his body.  The microscope, the telescope, are extensions of his eyes; the telephone an extension of his voice; then we have the plow and the sword, extensions of his arm.  But the book is something else; the book is an extension of memory and imagination"
~Jorge Luis Borges

1 comment:

Topher said...

So a couple of bibliophile quotes to answer yours...

"I'm a reader for lots of reasons. On the whole, I tend to hang out with readers, and I'm scared they wouldn't want to hang out with me if I stopped"
--Nick Hornby

Xenagorabibliomania -- an obessive curiosity about the books that strangers read in open spaces.
--Nick Hornby, 'Can't put it down?'