Monday, May 11, 2009

The Three Rs

Reading, Writing & Arithmetic?

Typing and Reposting?

What will happen to us when we stop reading books not because we don't want to, but because we can't?

That day seems to be approaching for me. But I don't want to go down without a fight, so even though I knew I was doomed, I checked out that doorstop of a novel (Roberto Bolano's "2666," a mighty 912 pages) and took it home.

I made it through no more than 10 pages before I had to put it down and skim a magazine, but I was glad I tried. It seemed like a good book. So good, in fact, that I later consumed it the modern way:

I read the plot summary on Wikipedia.

From "Technology and books: Is the novel too much for our technology-addled brains?" in the cash-strapped Chicago Trib.

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