December 9, 2017 Stephen Watkins Quote, Reading On Reading and Civilization December 9, 2017 Stephen Watkins Quote, Reading "Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities."—Ben Okri Stephen Watkins Husband. Dad. Former ad guy. Current grad student. Future teacher. Unrepentant geek.