Neil Gaiman giving this year’s Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture said at one point “Douglas said . . .’Books are sharks. I must have looked baffled because he he looked very pleased with himself. And he carried on with his metaphor. Books are sharks . . . because sharks have been around for a very long time. There were sharks before there were dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in the ocean is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark. . . . Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They’re solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in microseconds. Books are really good at being books and no matter what happens books will survive.’ And he was right.”

David Crotty’s post from The Scholarly Kitchen includes a video of the speech.

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