In my latest collage I had an idea for creating a forest from the spines of books. I could feel the pleasure of wandering through such a woodland, sensing the books as alive as trees, with stories that are tall, splendid, ancient, and strong. In this quote Carl Sagan marvels at the physical and mystical magic of books, and gives us a deeper appreciation of the written word.
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”― Carl Sagan, Cosmos