As doth the pissing dog

Sometime over the last week, someone was drawn to this blog by the following search-term: “active reading without damaging books”

I am, as ever, intrigued. Is this person seriously seeking a way of reading actively without damaging books? You might as well desire to travel to the North Pole without having to see or touch snow. Damage is an inevitable outcome of active reading, just as it is an inevitable outcome of living. It is not the purpose of it and, on rare occasions, books may emerge relatively unscathed. But to openly try to avoid damage would be a dangerous thing indeed. The pristine book is something to be feared. A book without scratches, like a face without wrinkles, is something to be highly suspicious of. As doth the pissing dog, so life will leave its mark.

Unless the text becomes completely unreadable, one should not worry about the physical damage a book suffers. One should care only about the relationship between the book and the reader. Only if this is damaged is there cause for concern.

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