— Neil Gaiman, from a beautiful speech on reading, libraries, and daydreams, which he gave last month, and which I’m only discovering now. If you haven’t already seen it, you should discover it now too. (via joehillsthrills)
"I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds couldn’t read. And certainly couldn’t read for pleasure."