Used books

Virginia Woolf’s “The sudden capricious friendship with secondhand books” (an excerpt from “Street Haunting, A London Adventure” (1927)):

Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. Besides, in this random miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete stranger who will, with luck, turn into the best friend we have in the world.

(Via Pop Culture Junk Mail.)

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