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Soon There Will Be No More Shelves of Books and CDs — Not So Fast

July 2, 2012

Woah Larry, I think you’re giving up too easily. Just today I’ve been reading Eudora Welty’s lovely literacy story “One Writer’s Beginnings.” Listen to this:

“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they came from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them–with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.”

This was published in 1983, so it isn’t some nostalgic remembrance of the days before the internet; it is the experience of countless souls since people started putting words on paper. I don’t see any wholesale rejection of ink on paper in your lifetime or mine. Last week, my sixteen year old was begging me for an iPhone for his birthday. Today he called me from Barnes and Noble to ask if I’d buy him a book (he knows I have a hard time saying no to a book). He too knows the joy of capturing that treasure and carrying it off to himself.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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