“Let’s take the following, by way of almost random example, from Charles Kingsley: ‘Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.’ Gosh. Any living man? Any book? Nothing else can compete? Flowers? Sunsets? Palladian villas? Pastrami sandwiches with extra pickles? Rubbish.”
—Rick Gekoski ponders humanity’s love of books in the Guardian.