Is Life the Thing?

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. ― Logan Pearsall Smith

In the early days, Amazon occasionally threw in a goodie with their shipments. My favorite was a travel coffee mug with the above quote on it. Another quote was Mark Twain’s 1885 quip: My books are water; those of the great geniuses wine. Everybody drinks water.

I only partly agree with Smith.