Birth date of Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist and author, born in 1905. Sartre wrote:
"The world could get along very well without literature; it could get along even better without man."
As he’d walked to Bookwitch’s office, his head had been reeling to such an extent that he’d had to steady himself against the wall once or twice. In her presence, he’d had small epiphany, had realized that it wasn’t Bookwitch—Bookwitch was benign—but books that were the tyrant. It was books that had pulled him this way and that, that were suffocating him now. He’d wanted to be done with them, with the Great Books and the good books, with all the characters in books clamoring to be heard, to be heeded... -- Chapter 43, The Misforgotten.