I have a few guilty pleasures — a few children’s cartoons I like watching, comic books, superheroes, and of course cheesy science fiction. Sometimes I even feel like philosophy is a bit of a guilty pleasure. My other guilty pleasures sometimes involve feeling smugly superior to others. I try not to embrace that one.
I also have some pleasures that I don’t feel guilty about. For instance, I like big books. Big leather bound books. Big leather bound books with cover engravings, fabric start pages, ribbon book marks, and classic contents. I like great novels with stylish illustrations, which is why I’m super excited about Marissa’s gift to me for my birthday — Moby Dick bound in leather, whale engraved on the front, illustrations through the text. I can’t wait to read it again.