‘You preferred reading standing up in bookstores to reading sitting down in libraries.
You wanted to discover today’s literature, not yesterday’s.
The past belongs to libraries, the present to bookstores.
You were however more interested in the dead than in contemporaries.
More than anything else, you used to read what you called ‘the living dead’: deceased authors still in print.
You trusted publishers to bring yesterday’s knowledge into actuality today.
You didn’t really believe in miraculous discoveries of forgotten authors.
You thought time would sort them all out and that it’s better to read authors from the past who are published today than to read today’s authors who would be forgotten tomorrow.’
– Édouard Levé, Suicide