The last ebook

D'Arcy Norman, Weblog, Jul 07, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

About a year and a half ago I finished science fiction. I mean that literally - there were no longer any books available that I hadn't read. And the production of new science fiction (as opposed to fantasy, which is a very different genre) had slowed to a crawl. So I returned to the classics, beginning with Hemingway and Tolstoy and some others I hadn't read as a child. Now I have a full row on my bookshelf of recently read classics. Having the books there isn't just the having of some text on file; it's a form of iconography. They are reminders of an accomplishment. It's not that I want to take notes in them or dog-ear them, I just want to see them and remember having read them.
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