Courtesy of the artist, Xiaoze Xie and the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York.
I wonder if Mr. Powers has ever read an e-book. I understand his case and his sentimental position, as I have been an analog paper-producing magazine man for 37 years.
The real issues facing some of my print friends and pundits, is that they seem to forget that it is actually the words, the journalism, the thinking, and the final distribution of that wisdom, that contains any meaningful importance. I’m sure Mr. Powers would say that the paper adds to the experience of those words. Which is kind of ironic, since most of those written words are produced these days with a keyboard and viewed by the author on computer screen. Why does it matter so much if it is paper or plastic? What is the difference? Who really cares? Is there really no hope for a significant digital future? Is paper the only way to share information? I think not.
I’m on my 5th ebook now and here is what I have found. The words are a transportation device. The words take you wherever a good author or journalist intended you go. It doesn’t matter to the transportation system, what the substrate is, could be paper could be plastic. Words don't know and don't care how they are read. They just want to be understood.
loved your show and discussion....and regarding the 'death of the hinge'......don't forget that books have hinges too!cheers,ld
I think books are actually well-suited for digital format, since they are usually just text without graphical content. One other benefit is that they have their own light source, which means you can read them in low-light. Magazines with rich graphics are harder to pass-up for me, but I suppose they could be adapted for e-readers to look nearly as nice. But its the browsing feature, where you're not really sure what you want to read, where printed materials really do offer the bigger advantage.
Because of the context I could not resist forwarding - posting - this poem: (though I realized recently I'd like to rewrite - edit, seems they're never done)
A Late Call
There is something so honest about hanging a door if I were Jesus I would have wanted to have been a carpenter for a door cannot lie to work, it must stand and reflect the hands that hung it no philosophical quandary no esoteric argument understood or even misunderstood by those only in the club the merest clod - or the greatest genius are on equal footing when it comes to opening a door it works or it doesn’t any hand can feel it it’s intuitive like the knowing many call faith oh yes – they work better and worse but there’s a feeling when it’s better that everyone can know if they are open to touching to knowing to recognizing every threshold as some different sacred place where there is something to know, yes - if I were Jesus, I would want to hang doors for those who hang men can never really be sure about what they do
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