"Tantalisingly and incrementally, like some lost, sub-tropical island emerging out of a weed-strewn lagoon, a whole new world had begun to take shape – a world that, like most inner literary landscapes, is all the more enticing for being self-fashioned and, as such, a fundamental part of the experience that makes us who we are." -- D.J. Taylor
Didn’t everyone — on and off the beach — first fall in love with reading because a book took them into the life and mind of another, revealed how it’s possible to transcend the limits of self? Is that high driftwood fence meant to keep the white female reader in, or everyone else out? Both? Either way’s no good.
"Why did Maxwell choose books? Because when he was homeless, reading was one of the few things that helped with 'the inescapable sameness of the days… Reading was such a zone of psychological relief, and also somehow of connection, that I honestly don’t know how I would have stayed as sane as I did without it...'"
Dragonflies by Pieter van Dokkum: The wonderful world of dragonflies, with amazing photo that made me find out how these insects, mating, become a single thing with the shape of a heart. Very romantic ;)