Do you read a book so you can get together with your friends, or do you get together with your friends so you can read a book? The answer is both. You get the pleasure of comradeship and you get the joy of reading the writing, because the sharing of something— of ideas and stories—that is important to you deepens both experiences. It's not the reading and writing so much as the conversation we have about it that changes us.
—literary publisher Paul Dry (Paul Dry Books), quoted in Nell Porter Brown, "A Leap into Books," Harvard Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 2001, at 90, 91.