Happy Birthday, Anne Fadiman, born 7 August 1953
- If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.
- I have never been able to resist a book about books.
- I can think of few better ways to introduce a child to books than to let her stack them, upend them, rearrange them, and get her fingerprints all over them.
- For me, literature is a way of enlarging myself by learning about people who are not like me.
- The most important thing when starting out with essay writing is to find a voice with which you’re comfortable. You need to find a persona that is very much like you, but slightly caricatured.
- Books wrote our life story, and as they accumulated on our shelves (and on our windowsills, and underneath our sofa, and on top of our refrigerator), they became chapters in it themselves.
- Anyone who doubts that caffeine is a drug should read some of the prose composed under its influence.
Fadiman is an American author, editor and teacher. She is known for The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down and Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader.
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