"... and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known."
That's another quote from the book -- "Essays in Idleness" -- mentioned at the end of the previous post.
Is this the sense that you have when reading a book, that this is the greatest pleasure and that you are making friends? Or do you think that a person who sits around reading all the time is not experiencing sufficient pleasure and needs to get out and interact with some real people and make some friends? Is there some way in which reading is a more intimate encounter with a human being than anything that can be done in person?
Kenko specifies the pleasure of befriending someone of a distant past you have never known -- like, for us, Kenko.
ADDED: And how many words must you change in that Kenko quote to make it about blogging?