The one comment on the article is quite astute, claiming This is a rather silly article, designed merely so the author can take a couple of potshots at well known authors.” But it’s a fun article anyway.
“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 unfold 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 how to die. They are full of all the things you don’t get in real life… and quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of the day but we rarely let ourselves stop and pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unbounded.”—Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird (via kscarlat)