Book Lover

Taking a Book to Bed

Here’s a drawing in response to Alberto Manguel’s chapter “Private Reading” in his A History of Reading.  Manguel spends a good deal of time in this chapter recounting the history of private reading alongside the history of the bed.  He writes, “The casual phrase ‘taking a book to bed’ has always seemed to me laden with sensual anticipation” (154).   Extending that analogy further, we could say that all books are promiscuous.