I just realized this morning that Danny and I are habitual chain- readers. As soon as we finish reading one book, we pick up a new one. Books give us pleasure, information/enlightenment, and the opportunity to observe the lives of strangers, go back in time, and intellectually experience places we have no desire to visit in person.
While I became an avid reader by age 9, Danny did not get into books until he was 18. He was too busy surfing, hitchhiking around the country, riding trains, and taking care of homeless people. Having had a poor education, he absorbed the contents of books – literature, art, philosophy, history, economics, politics, and poetry – like a sponge and became one of the most well-read and interesting people I have ever known. And he’s all mine! :-).
When we aren’t reading books, Danny reads articles on the internet, while I write and research online. I suppose our chain reading makes us addicts, albeit in a good way, but we could not give up books no matter what. If FAHRENHEIT 451 became a reality in our lifetime, we would help lead the rebels and fight to the death!
However, the advent of Kindle technology has put us at odds: I prefer real books; Danny feels the change is inevitable and tree saving. (sigh) I do not want to give up holding a book, turning the pages, and placing a bookmark. Where is the comfort in holding a piece of plastic/metal/glass and having the pages turn for you? Does this mean the end of bookstore havens? Will my dream of a home library be obliterated by bunches of bytes? (shudder) Libraries will become obsolete? I’m feeling faint! No, wait. They will become museums, open to the public but not free. Egad!
And what about the children? Will they mind the change? Device reading to babies? I think I’m going to be sick. A couple generations from now, picture books will be reduced to pixels. Cry me a river, people! Truthfully, I must admit, kids probably won’t mind at all not going to bookstores. The bookstore will be constantly at their fingertips. As cousin Vinny would say, “Yutes!” For now, for me, I will force myself to enjoy my addiction – I’ll be a chain reader forever! And our home library will become a wonderful museum, open to all at no charge.