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Terri already posted this so the good comments have probably already been used, but this article fascinated me. It stirred a lot of thoughts I've been having recently and stated some philosophy of life more eloquently than I would have.

The Closing of the American Book

July 10, 2004
By ANDREW SOLOMON

When reading for pleasure declines, so do health, politics
and education.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/10/opinion/10SOLO.html?ex=1090841197&ei=1&en=5591ecf334d61bb1

I would have had to include the phrase "ignorant fucks" in it somewhere.

And the world is full of them.

One of the solaces I do take is that they live ignorant, pitiful lives. There is something to be said for the visceral world of body and being, but I am a man of letters, a man for whom books are the stuff of life. I feel pity and sorrow for the person who never learns to read, and learns to love to read.

I see ignorant people all the time. They pave my streets, they serve me food, they run for office. And yet I'm the one who feels stupid. The only way to know that you do not know enough is by learning that.

What troubles me most is the ones who delight in their ignorance, wave it around like a flag. When I practiced law, I had clients who could not read or write. For every one that was embarrassed by this fact, there were two who flouted it. They actually took pride in it.

My consolation is that they will never know the joy of settling in on a cold winter's night with a hot cup of tea and a good read. I don't need the church to define heaven or hell for me. I know my heaven, and the ignorant fucks live in their hell.

I went out and did a brief google search for quotes about reading to make myself feel better. Here are some links. Enjoy.

http://www.jclla.org/quotes.htm (Take note of the Vonnegut quote)
http://www.annabelle.net/topics/reading.php
http://www.freedomsnest.com/cgi-bin/q.cgi?subject=reading
http://writeonill.org/reading.htm

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