Quote by Kurt Vonnegut
[Books] were devices as crassly practical for storing or transmitting language, as the latest Silicon Valley miracles. But by accident, not by cunning calculation, books, because of their weight and texture, and because of their sweetly token resistance to manipulation, involve our hands and eyes, and then our mind and souls, in a spiritual adventure.
This quote highlights the profound impact that books have on us, contrasting them with the modern technological wonders developed in Silicon Valley. It suggests that books, unintentionally rather than deliberately, engage us in a spiritual journey due to their physical presence, weight, texture, and the way they resist manipulation. Unlike the sleek electronic devices, books require our hands and eyes to immerse ourselves in their contents, prompting a deeper connection that involves our minds and souls. It portrays books as more than practical tools but as gateways to a transformative experience that goes beyond mere technology.
One of the most gratifying things I get as an artist is when people watch me do these different demonstrations, and they in some way feel empowered by what I'm doing so they can confront their own fears. Maybe it's the fear of getting in an elevator maybe it's the fear of going on a plane and seeing the world.
When the first-rate author wants an exquisite heroine or a lovely morning, he finds that all the superlatives have been worn shoddy by his inferiors. It should be a rule that bad writers must start with plain heroines and ordinary mornings, and, if they are able, work up to something better.