“And it occurs to you as you register both the detail and the whole of this playground of visual and tactile delight, that within its compass pretty much the whole of human experience is stitched: nature and culture; the road and the bed; old age and infancy (the cot quilts are immensely touching); bandbox oompah and chapel spiritual; love and loss; patience and perseverance. And that, in an age when all our fingers seem to do is race across a keyboard, a different kind of digital handiwork done with steadfast grace and exquisite vision can afford us a glimpse of heaven on earth” (Financial Times).
– More literary inspiration from Libyan writer Khaled Mattawa’s beautiful poem Now That We Have Tasted Hope (shergawia).
You can tell how good it is just from the first two lines:
Now that we have come out of hiding,
Why would we live again in the tombs we’d made out of our souls?
– in case you need more persuading, Marjorie Garber’s new book The Use and Abuse of Literature explains why we should read:
Each time we read a book, we see it differently; each time we read a book, we see ourselves differently in it. Her book is a testament not simply to Great Books but also to a great conversation between ourselves and the past and among ourselves as present readers. Why read? In the end, the answer to the question is as complex and compelling as “why live?” (San Francisco Chronicle)
– as well as books, escalators bring out the best in people (Scientific American)
Have a good weekend.