In "Fahrenheit 451" how do books have pores?
That description is one that Faber gives to Montag as one of the reasons that books are so wonderful. It's an interesting phrase, and takes a bit of thinking to get your brain around. Faber calls it quality. He states that a book has "features. This book can go under the microscope...The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper." What he means by this is that books record every detail of life, even the ugly ones. Compare it to a magazine picture of a model, versus a snapshot you take of a friend. The model is gorgeous, make-up on, buffed, shined, air-brushed-and hence, not a true reflection of life. How many people actually look like that? Now consider your snapshot of a friend. You can see their pores, blemishes, and shiny spots-but at least it's real. Faber is stating that books don't shy away from presenting real life, and as a result, they have more quality. We can learn more from them because they are truthful and non-deceptive. He goes on to say that "the good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her." So, good writers do a good job of relaying life and all that it has to offer-good and bad. In Montag's society, nothing presented is quality or real; it's all fake, surface, dense, and shallow. Nothing has pores, nothing is real, and as a result, everyone is miserable. I hope that helps explain it a bit!