Fantasy is a natural human activity. It certainly does not destroy or even insult Reason; and it does not either blunt the appetite for, nor obscure the perception of, scientific verity. On the contrary. The keener and the clearer is the reason, the better fantasy will it make. If men were ever in a state in which they did not want to know or could not perceive truth (facts or evidence), then Fantasy would languish until they were cured. If they ever get into that state (it would not seem at all impossible), Fantasy will perish, and become Morbid Delusion.
J. R. R. Tolkien, “On Fairy Tales” (excerpted here)
The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell you again when you’re fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you’re reading a whole new book
Ursula K. Le Guin (via coffeebased)
(Source: iwaschangedforgood, via dduane)
We think most people will have read at least 10 of these classic banned or challenged books.
…Three (at least of the ones on this list which isn’t complete)
We think most people will have read fewer than 10 of these 100 books to read before you die.
Well I’ve read 11 so doing better than most people…. Liked about half of the one’s I’ve read though. :(