Your fingerprints are all over who I am now."
— (via brokenpromisesanddbrokenhearts)
"As Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, over 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is." —Neil Gaiman
Although it periodically makes me feel like somewhat of a Winston Smith, I cling to the idea of physical books. Kindle replicas don’t look, smell, or feel like the stories I grew up loving. Something seems lacking when I read Robinson Crusoe digitally. There’s no crumbling red spine, or dust, or that wonderful scent that first plunged me into the ocean with him when I was 10… I don’t get the same sense of being there on the island with Friday. And while I would never discourage my children from reading digital books, I think I will always prefer the comfort of a physical book.
"Thus, neither of us is alive when the reader opens this book. But while the blood still throbs through my writing hand, you are still as much a part of blessed matter as I am, and I can still talk to you from here to Alaska. Be true to your Dick. Do not let other fellows touch you. Do not talk to strangers. I hope you will love your baby. I hope it will be a boy. That husband of yours, I hope, will always treat you well, because otherwise my specter shall come at him, like black smoke, like a demented giant, and pull him apart nerve by nerve. And do not pity C.Q. One had to choose between him and H.H., and one wanted H.H. to live at least a couple of months longer, so as to have him make you live in the minds of later generations. I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita." (309)
— How To Tell If Someone Loves You (via loveknowsnodistancee)