For the uninitiated, May 25th is Towel Day – the day when Douglas Adams fans around the world (and indeed universe) carry a towel in honour of one of the great comic writers of our time.
I was in my mid-teens when I first discovered the wonder that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think it was the first adult book that I had read that was outright funny, and it sparked my love of books that contain wordplay and clever writing. Of course I went on to read all 5 books in the Hitchhiker’s trilogy (yup – I said 5), as well as the Dirk Gently books.
I thought I’d pick a favourite Adams quote to mark the occasion. There are thousands of great turns of phrase and amusing observations in all of Adams’ books, but I have chosen one that is very meaningful to me, from The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul:
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
What a beautifully expressed thought, from a man who gave us so many hilarious literary moments. I don’t know where Adams himself intended to go in life, but he has ended up one of the most beloved authors of a generation.by