"[T]he old friends beckon from their shelves, and like our best human friends, promise that if we greet them when we are not very presentable, or thoughtful, or even terribly attentive, it will be quite all right. And as we settle into our familiar slouch with them, they promise, again like our human friends, to reveal more of themselves on a further acquaintance, to teach us more about the humanity of which they are a representative sample, and to deepen our affection for them."
Madison Program Associate Director Matthew J. Franck's latest for Public Discourse.
I have called books and authors “friends,” and that they are. Aristotle tells us the highest form of friendship is that which aims at another’s good as though it were one’s own, for in truth it is indistinguishable from one’s own. We reread our favorite books in gratitude, not only for the...