| Quote #7
"Writing isn't letters on paper. It's communication. It's memory." (2.3.33)
In this quote we get three themes for the price of one. And since we know that memory and communication are pretty important in this book (zombies don't really have either) we now see how important writing is in this world.
| Quote #8
"The world that birthed [Gilgamesh] is long gone, all its people are dead, but it continues to touch the present and future because someone cared enough about that world to keep it. To put it in words. To remember it." (2.3.39)
Perry's dad thought of Perry's mom in a similar way—keeping her alive through memories. Writing is a way to make those memories permanent. Well, more permanent, as long as there's no a massive fire or hard drive crash, or something that wipes out all the books in the world.
| Quote #9
I savor the sensation of those little symbols clicking together and bursting like soap bubbles of sound. (2.7.25)
Here's a handy little metaphor equating reading with music. To Julie, music is life. To R, reading is life. We think the world needs a little bit of both.