“An illiterate person who dies, let us say at my age, has lived one life, whereas I have lived the lives of Napolean, Caesar, d’Artagnan. So I always encourage young people to read books, because it’s an ideal way to develop a great memory and a ravenous multiple personality. And then at the end of your life you have lived countless lives, which is a fabulous privilege.”

~Umberto Eco

I am not a literary scholar.  I am not a woman.  I am not black, asian, hispanic, or native american.  I am not gay.  I am not poor.  I am not wealthy.  I am not jewish, hindu, or muslim.  I am not a cat person.  I am not single.  I am not overweight.  I am not old.  I am not a layman.