July 1st, 2012


the printed word


"Her private life, her secret self, for the last thirty years of her life, and perhaps for the years before, came from books, from the printed word. She knew nothing about the theories and movements that came and went in her lifetime. She was what most writers long for, and what most of us still write for: the ordinary reader, curious and intelligent and demanding, ready to be moved and changed, and believing still that the written word has all the power to make the deepest imprint on the private self."

- Colm Tóibín, A GUEST AT THE FEAST, A MEMOIR (no Kindle)