Further thoughts on our relationships with books from Rick Gekoski of ‘The Guardian.’
I think he sums it up rather well when he says:
Yet I cannot imagine anyone who actually knows what good company is being comfortable with the claim that you find it with books. For there to be a conversation – a dialogue – there have to be at least two active participants. That’s company. A book is not company. We engage with it, argue with it, carry it around in our pockets and minds, are haunted by memories of it for years. But it doesn’t argue back, doesn’t engage, never inquires how our day has been, gives only what it wishes. Books are selfish. Everything, every word, is on their terms.
That’s what I like about them