At one magical instant the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; At that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irerevocably, a reader.
– Alberto Manguel
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
– Victor Hugo
Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books. Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time, transported to another world.
We are familiar with words describing images, but not so familiar with images describing words and the impact reading has on our lives.
Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading: Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to Picasso and Cassatt and dozens more, over the past 500 years have depicted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges
A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
– Pablo Neruda
We read to know we are not alone.
– C.S. Lewis
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
– Anna Quindlen
Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on… Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
– Nora Ephron
From These Hands, published by Phaidon Press, will be released on May 5.
From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro,
images document the realities of life for the people working
at the source of this familiar commodity – coffee.