I recently picked up a used copy of The Norton Book of Friendship, edited by Eudora Welty/Ronald A. Sharp. Here’s the inscription I found penned in elegant cursive on the first, blank page—transcribed exactly as written.
“Friendship is a miracle by which a person consents to view from a certain distance the very being who is necessary to him as food.” -Simone Weil
my dark chocolate,
my raspberry sorbet,
my clove of garlic
I love you —
After I’d smiled at the nicely equivocal line, “necessary to him as food”, I thought how this sweet little poem exemplified yet another advantage actual, enmattered books have over e-books. They’re friendlier.