Why writing well matters:
"Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.' " ~Jef Mallet
Why reading is worth your while:
is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read, we can
live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.~S.I.
"I cannot live without books."~Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's personal library, located in the Library of Congress
Words from Ann Patchett:
Let me underscore the obvious here: Reading fiction is important. It is a
vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes
us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our
brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying
within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone,
two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.