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Jun 26 2006 - 11:57 AM
Defending the book
The Book Review section of The New York Times ran two articles in support–one directly, one indirectly–of traditional books. The first, Black Cloud, is about the digital age and its dependence on coal. The sidebar reads, “Our shiny white iPod economy is propped up by dirty black rocks.â€? The second article was a tiresome speech that John Updike delivered in front of a group of booksellers. This essay was a real disappointment; I was hoping that Updike would defend the place of books instead of relying almost exclusively on sentimentality. As Brian's earlier post pointed to, there is going to be a place for books in the future; unfortunately, Updike doesn't bring us any closer to envisioning what that place might look like.
Posted in: FYI|By: Jeff Frank|22724 Reads