What I Talk About When I Talk About Reading

In this valentine’s week, writer Charles Maclean muses on his one enduring love-reading .

When books become time capsules

Inscription, the noun, comes from the verb inscribe that means to engrave or carve or etch. Leaving a mark. Knowingly or unknowingly, the people who leave behind these inscriptions leave a little part of themselves and a moment of time within the object, in this case, the object being books. The words, names, messages of goodwill, affections and love are strings that pull us back to our lives of our pasts.