“The library is what keeps us a step ahead of the apes.” That was according to Dana Stabenow. She is an American writer. (https://www.writerswrite.co.za/literary-birthday-27-march-dana-stabenow/)
I first became enamored of the Emory University library in the fall of 1964. The building was a beautiful, limestone structure sitting at the head of our large, grass covered quadrangle. It allowed me peace and quiet away from the AEPi, frat house (pronunced as in A E pie not ape). My brothers were quite studious, and, usually, quiet, but I needed real solitude to study just as I do to write.
About those apes, it is actually remarkable how our DNA and their DNA (gorillas in particular) lines up (98% similarity). (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tiny-genetic-differences-between-humans-and-other-primates-pervade-the-genome/#:~:text=The%20recent%20sequencing%20of%20the,gorillas%20trailing%20at%2098%20percent.) Maybe that’s why they are my favorite animals at the zoo.
Those primates seem to have self-awareness when I watch them. It’s a little eerie. When I feel that way I head quickly for the nearest library.