Michael: It's cruel, you know.
Dr. Theo: I'm sure you're right, but could you be more specific?
Michael: The way you read in front of me, the paper, your reports. It's a little like barbecuing a steak in front of a guy who's starving, wouldn't you say?
Dr. Theo: No.
Michael: You bastard. You are the devil's incorrigible brother.
Dr. Theo: Your flattery will get you nowhere.
Michael: Forgive me, but I'm confused. You just gave me a book. Now, in order to use this, in order to appreciate this, in order to enjoy this, doesn't that mean I'm going to have to read it? And aren't you the guy who said if you ever found out I was reading, you would make sure that I went blind or crazy or got warts on my hand?
Dr. Theo: Well, I guess I changed my mind. I think I was wrong.
Special Agent 1: This is scary.
The whole idea of reading books aloud in groups so that books still live into the collective memory, and more generally the whole idea of a world without books, has been treated in Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451.