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.