Marginalia, no.207

Why do I think reading is important? …We think largely in words. A medium made only of words doesn’t impose the barrier of any other medium. It is naked and unprotected communication. That’s how you get pregnant.

~ Roger Ebert

An echo, perhaps, of Hoffer’s ‘copulating minds,’ which also accounts for the fact of textually transmitted disease (Randian Objectivism, for example). But on reading Ebert’s quote I first thought of Pope Paul VI. Perhaps it was the advent of the birth control pill that inspired him to do away with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. It’s unseemly to be in the business of promoting prophylaxis in one form while condemning it in another.

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