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Books: The Dear Old Friend

In the high technology world that we all currently live in, it’s nice to remember where we come from and the media that was one of the earliest sources of entertainment, culture and medium for education.  Yes indeed, I’m talking about books.  Those things that people used to hold in their hands and have to physically turn the pages to get to the next part and not just click on a tab or poke the tip of a finger on a screen.  Like we’re cave men or something right?  I say this with great sarcasm of course, and half-heartedly fear for the future.  Thankfully there is no lost appreciation for the art of writing or for books themselves.  At least the authors of the world can benefit as well from all of the anti-piracy laws that have been in place mainly for the protection of the film and music industries.  You can see that book stores around the world have had some closings and lay-offs and libraries have had to update themselves severely, often requiring a computer lab along with free WiFi access just to have enough attractive features to bring people back in.  It’s a sign of the times and it’s worth noticing, but don’t deny the allure of the book.

Thank you flickr.com for this lovely image of a fine collection of literature.  For any lover of books, just the sight of such an image is enough to bring up wistful romanticism for something that feels like it might be lost, but rest assured, it certainly has not and it never will so long as people appreciate them for the art that they are.

The physical texture of a book is such a draw just on its own.  There are just so many little moments in the experience of reading, such as the feel of the page against the fingers.  The hard tough spine that resists the vigorous page turning that our abusive hands put them through.  The smooth covers for paperbacks and the fine leather of a good hardcover book are something your hands just can’t seem to forget.  However on the negative end of this, you can put your books through a beating and even render them damaged to the point of needing repairs.  Nothing says ‘I love this book’ more than a heavily taped up spine; it’s a symbol to the other avid readers that boasts the owner of the book’s intense reading habits.  The funny thing is that there are many signs out there of unhealthy reading habits which shouldn’t be ignored, but it helps to have a healthy sense of humor about yourself and the world around you.

Here, courtesy of flickr.com, we can see an image of what could be a heavy reader’s fantasy or perhaps a nightmare for one trying to economize their living space…

While technology certainly makes the world’s economy rocket forward at break neck speed, literature will always be a major player in making the cultures of the world go round.