Do (Some) Books Function as Friends?

In an essay published earlier this week by The Guardian, Rick Geckoski writes that, despite the fact that the communication between writers and readers is hardly an actual dialog, we regard certain books as alive to us as some of our actual friends are.

Read Geckoski’s essay.

Geckoski’s essay reminded us of two remarks about books that other reader/writers have made: 

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

“A book does not make bad jokes, drink too much, or eat more than you can afford to pay for.” – Kenneth Turan [“On Reading a Book While Dining Out,” New York Times, April 13, 1983)

Found via Shelf Awareness


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