sarkology

on being friends with books

Posted in Uncategorized by sarkology on October 28, 2012

— George Eliot, Felix Holt

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

How can a  book possibly be one’s friend?

Well, with books, absent is the insipid churn of social relations. But present is human experience as fine as a writer’s ability can identify.

The difference between the person whose friends are solely books, and the person whose friends are solely persons, is this: The latter cares about the human experience only insofar as it informs on the current play of human relations. The former quite simply cares exclusively for the human experience itself.

Most of us are in between. But arguably we tend to be people people.

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