Librarian of Alexandria


...It's in words that the magic is—Abracadabra, Open Sesame, and the rest—but the real magic words in one story aren't magical in the next. The real magic is to understand which words work, and when, and for what; the trick is to learn the trick. ...And those words are made from the letters of our alphabet: a couple-dozen squiggles we can draw with the pen. This is the key! And the treasure, too, if we can only get our hands on it! It's as if—as if the key to the treasure is the treasure!

—John Barth