Sampler (Books). 2000. Hand embroidery on linen. 22 1/2 x 35 in. (57.2 x 88.9 cm)


So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.


— Genesis 1:23

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them. . . . As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God.


— John Milton, Areopagitica, 1644

We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it.


Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1950