“You will hold this book in your hands, and learn all the things I learned, right along with me:
There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care. All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight. It takes forty-one seconds to climb a ladder three stories tall. It’s not easy to imagine the year 3012, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. We have new capabilities now–strange powers we’re still getting used to. The mountains are a message from Aldrag the Wyrm-Father. Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.
After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind. But I hope you will remember this:
A man walking fast down a dark lonely street. Quick steps and hard breathing, all wonder and need. A bell above a door and the tinkle it makes. A clerk and a ladder and warm golden light, and then: the right book exactly, at exactly the right time.”
My favorite passage from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Fantastic book that I’d recommend to anyone! I finished it five days ago but am unable to put it away. I have kept this page bookmarked and open on my desk to keep rereading, as it is so profound and thought-provoking…speaking on “the place in the heart where the booklove lives” and life in general.