Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, writes a letter to Oprah about growing up with books:

Books were scarce. There was nothing you could call a public library, we were a hundred miles away from a department store’s books section, so we children began to circulate reading material among ourselves until each child had read another’s entire stock. There were long dry spells broken by the new Christmas books, which started the rounds again.

Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.

Oprah, can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up — some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.

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It’s Friday…what are you reading this weekend?

Gregory Peck reads to Mary Badham
Atticus and Scout on the set of To Kill A Mockingbird
Photo © Leo Fuchs

[h/t’s to Book Porn for the lead-in to the letter…and Awesome People Reading for lead-in to the photo…]

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