Thursday, August 07, 2008



William H. Gass, A Defense of the Book, in A Temple of Texts: Essays (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), p. 167:
In the ideal logotopia, every person would possess their own library and add at least weekly, if not daily, to it. The walls of each home would seem made of books—wherever one looked one would only see spines; because every real book (as opposed to dictionaries, almanacs, and other compilations) is a mind, an imagination, a consciousness. Together they comprise a civilization, or even several.
Edgar Degas, Portrait of Edmond Duranty

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