Saturday, November 3, 2007
Libraries used to be quiet places
where people read books.
Books are not quiet, though.
They speak directly to our
brains and souls.
Now, people talk in libraries,
huddled around a row of computers.
Or they talk on their cell phones,
oblivious to that very personal
tête-à-tête between a book and its reader.
Someday the books may leave to
be recycled into paper towels
and newspapers. The talking will
also leave as the sound waves
dissipate into the ether.
I tried (and failed) to convince my students that it was better to be able to appreciate a sidewalk than to own a yacht. With the sidewalk t...