I read the fuck out of every book I can get my hands on.
I don't want anyone writing in to point out that I spend too much money on books, many of which I will never read. I know that already. I certainly intend to read all of them, more or less. My intentions are good. Anyway, it's my money. And I'll bet you do it too.
I would like my personal reading map to resemble a map of the British Empire circa 1900.
And what would happen if we never read the classics? There comes a point in life, it seems to me, where you have to decide whether you're a Person of Letters or merely someone who loves books, and I'm beginning to see that the book lovers have more fun.
A while back, when Dick
Books are, let's face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.
We are never allowed to forget that some books are badly written; we should remember that sometimes they're badly read, too.
You're not allowed to say anything about books because they're books, and books are, you know, God.
All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.