The Danger of Books

“Directly above my head on the glass-topped coffee table are Doris’s favorite books just as she left them…

Siddhartha
Atlas Shrugged
ESP and the New Spirituality

“Books matter. My poor wife, Doris, was ruined by books…, not by dirty books, but by clean books, not by depraved books but by spiritual books. God, if you recall, did not warn his people against dirty books. He warned them against high places. My wife, who began life as a cheerful Episcopalian from Virginia, became a priestess of the high places…But books ruined her. Beware of Episcopal women who take up with Ayn Rand and the Buddha…A certain type of Episcopal girl has a weakness that comes on them just past youth, just as sure as Italian girls get fat. They fall prey to Gnostic pride, commence buying antiques, and develop a yearning for esoteric doctrine.” — Walker Percy: Love in the Ruins

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