NYT: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
TEJU COLE: I have not read most of the big 19th — century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.
Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.
I will know my life is successful when I have a library with a rolling ladder
In forty years (or so), if I find myself blessed with good health, I look forward to revisiting some dearly missed college habits and I’ll probably be happier with what will hopefully be my whithered, wrinkled, and much-tattooed BINGO flappers than I am today.
Anyways, I only have one so far.