When someone has thought hard about a topic for a long time, for many years, wouldn't it be splendid if s/he could share the gist of that thinking with other people? Wouldn't it be a miracle if, for a few hours, we could listen to a wise and learned person talk about the most important things s/he knows?
That's what a great book is all about. Thinking and sharing. Not shallow thoughts, ripples on the surface of a pond --- but profound depths of knowledge, plunging dives into the abyss of ideas. Not a quick glimpse, a strip-tease flash of flesh --- but leisurely conversation, time spent together, marriage, memories, gifts given and received for life. Thinking and sharing. That's a book.
Thursday, July 08, 1999 at 21:38:30 (EDT) = Datetag19990708