För ett par dagar sedan höll författaren Neil Gaiman ett föredrag i London, om vikten av läsande och bibliotek. Texten har nu publicerats på The Guardian under titeln: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. Läs den! Gaiman är en vettig person.
Books are the way that we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over. There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told.