Neil Gaiman on the importance of reading, books, and libraries

We all – adults and children, writers and readers – have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.”

So many quotable passages in Gaiman’s gorgeous impassioned essay about the love of librarians (good librarians! ) and the perfect technology that is the book and the obligations (responsibilities?) we bear for preserving the existence of the printed word.

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