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THE FLEETING AND THE PERMANENT

TODAY’S WRITING TIP: READ, NOT JUST FOR INFORMATION, BUT FOR PLEASURE, NOT JUST A LITTLE, BUT A LOT, NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO, BUT BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO.

NOTE: This was written originally as a comment to Brent Taylor‘s post “Do You Prefer Reading Bound Books or Digital Books?” on his blog Bespoke. The reason I am posting this comment here, with just a tiny addition at the end, is indicated in my postscript, addressed to the Bespoke author.

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A WONDERLAND OF BOOKS Said Henry Miller of Shakespeare & Co. Antiquarian Books on rue de la Bucherie fronting the Notre Dame de Paris in France, the best place in the world for the reader in me. May its proprietor and advocate George Whitman, who passed away in 2011, rest in book heaven. Photo credit: The Yellow Library

I have an iPod, an iPad, an iPad mini, an SIII, and my Mac,
but I haven’t read an ebook in my life.
I’m having a new house made, it’s white, and beige, and space all around,
sort of minimalist, but I’m having a huge shelf done,
with doors that can disguise as empty walls
and behind them all my beloved books,
hardbound,
paperback,
cheap,
expensive,
to be read,
never read,
read again and again, like Catcher in the Rye
I am willing to embrace technology, but not willing to bid my books goodbye.
I like the idea of the printed word, it’s stuck, embedded on the page, never to disappear at the click of a button,
the press of a finger,
not transient,
not fleeting,
not ephemeral
like an iBook page
or the winds of change,
with which I know I should fly
But with my books please not just yet

[ps: I wrote this without pause, within minutes, as a casual comment, but it sounds like a poem, so I formatted it as such and, if you don't mind, may I use this comment as a post in my blog, with credit to your blog, of course, that inspired it?]

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