"People kept their books, she thought, not because they were likely to read them again but because these objects contained the past--the texture of being oneself at a particular place, at a particular time, each volume a piece of one's intellect..."
Referencing J.M.E. McTaggart, "...human perception deceives us: time only feels like a forward moving flow because of the limits of our minds, whereas time actually exists, as another country and its inhabitants exist even once you leave it."
"...past is like overseas: it still exists, even when you are not there anymore."
"Like a black hole, the Internet generated its own gravity, neither light not time escaping."