One of the joys of reading Robert Bringhurst is the analogies he draws between the world of typography and other world practices. Like archery for Zen, it is a guide to life that is provided along with instruction in a particular art.
If there is nothing for dinner but beans, one may hunt for an onion, some pepper, salt, cilatnro and sour cream to enliven the dish, but it is generally no help to pretend that the beans are really prawns or chantrelles.
6.2.3 The Elements of Typographic Style Version 2.5
And so for day 966