The lexicographer Wilfred Funk was once invited to say what he thought was the most beautiful word in the English language and nominated “mange.” If asked, I would without hesitation give the word “library.”
— Christopher Hitchens, from his memoir Hitch-22
Speaking with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library, Hitchens elaborates (at around 3:20):
“The library is a place that you have always loved.”
“Not just as a refuge from sodomy, I have to say.”
Watch the whole conversation here.