I wish you books…

Read a book!

Because it makes you smarter.

Because it’s fun.

Because it sharpens your wit and develops your capacity for empathy.

Because it makes the existential void a little less like a black hole.

Because it allows you to defy the laws of physics and travel through time and space.

Because it forces you to consider other opinions, other practices, other “right” ways to do things.

Because it allows you to walk into the most well attended, interesting party, listen in on outrageous conversations, get caught up on all the gossip…and leave whenever you want.

Because the more you read, the more your brain and soul expand.

Because you can’t be lonely when you’re immersed in a good book.

Because just this year, I’ve hung out with Keith Richards and Patti Smith, fallen in love with Hemingway all over again, realized that Dr. Seuss writes the best self-help books, been dazzled by Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Egan, transported by Mary Stewart, titillated by Eloisa James, and tickled by Nora Ephron’s latest review of her crazy life.

Because I can’t imagine how bleak the world would be without books to record and re-imagine our achievements and losses, our  triumphs and tragedies, and all the greatness and smallness of our shared humanity.

So, go to your nearest bookstore or click on the “buy now” button on your eReader and get a book (or books) and start reading.    Then, tell everyone about it.

Happy holidays!

2 Responses to I wish you books…

  1. Seanna Cabezut says:

    People spend days looking for that perfect gift, the one thing that says, “I think about you…I wish you the best…you are special…you are loved…” How wonderful it is, to then remember that the one thing you’ve been looking for, was there all along (books)!

    Miriam, for this holiday season I give you gratitude, thank you for reminding all those connected to DLG that the gift of adventures abound, lasting love, wonderful wisdom, inspirational ideas, et cetera, can be given best with a book!

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
    — Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

    “The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”
    — The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964

    “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
    — Jacqueline Kennedy

    “The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.”
    — Abraham Lincoln

    “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
    — Frederick Douglass

  2. ryan field says:

    What a wonderful post!!

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