I hope you’ve been spending the weekend outdoors enjoying beautiful weather.. hopefully with your dads. Father’s Day wasn’t a huge to-do in my house (my dad doesn’t like fuss) but the day is always a great reminder of all the ways he has contributed to my life. I am forever grateful to him for his personal brand of gentle guidance and unwavering support. For some very strange reason, he’s always believed that I can do anything and encouraged me to take whatever adventure I can dream up. Thanks, Dad! Now, as the weekend winds down, I thought I’d share a few links that caught my eye this week. View Post
People of the book, such as I, not only believe that the replacement of the page by the screen will alter human character, thin it out, empty it of depth, but secretly hope this happens. A deterioration in human character consequent upon the demise of the book will be, for the inveterate reader, an apologia pro vita sua. For we who have spent so much of our lives with, and even for books secretly derived a sense of moral superiority from having done so. This is obvious from the fact that no one says “Young people nowadays do not read” in a tone other than of lament or, more usually, moral condemnation. A person who does not read—and for us reading means books—is a mental barbarian, a man who, wittingly or unwittingly, confines himself to his own experience, necessarily an infinitesimal proportion of all possible experiences. He is not only a barbarian, but an egotist.
– Anthony Daniels, “The digital challenge, I: Loss & gain, or the fate of the book“
I loved this article from The New Criterion. Never before has anyone captured so perfectly everything I feel about literature — the sense of escape it provides, the addictive quality of consuming whole pages, and the feeling of grief coupled with reluctant acceptance at the realization that the printed book is fading into obscurity, taking with it something profound. View Post