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I realize the irony of this electronic post:  I expect you to read it online as I make a case for why I do not plan on ever owning a device which would allow me to digitally read virtually anything I want.  Why is this?  I’ve asked myself the same question multiple times.   It’s not that I’m electronically challenged —  I blog, I dabble in SQL, I know my way around a database, I use a blackberry…what could I possibly have against a device dedicated to my passion, the written word?

I’ll tell you why:  it’s tactile.  I need to hold a book in my hand.  I need to bury my nose in it and let it tell me if it’s from the library, the used bookstore, or that mega store in the burbs.  I need to be able to circle stuff, draw stars and exclamation points.  I need to be able to scan a line and mark the rhyme scheme.  I need to be able to let the book lie next to me in bed, even if I’ve read it ten times.   I want its spine showing on my bookshelf or in the growing piles I have around the house. I want to enjoy the artwork on the front, the colors chosen for the cover.  I want to see the author’s signature scribbled in the front with maybe a note to me wishing me the best on my own work.  When I get an idea for a paper or for class, I want to go straight to the book on my shelf, open it up, and get busy.

I want to see the stitching. I want to know that the book I hold is just as vulnerable to age as I am, but its essence has the potential to live on.  I want to hold a piece of history, as I do with the marvelous Pocket Poet Series book I have of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems, City Lights Books, 1964, which has its price as part of the orange border on the back:  $1.25.  I feel closer to O’Hara, I feel in the moment, holding this “pocket” book of poems that is in remarkable condition and five years older than I.  Even if the e-reader one day comes with scents and the ability to circle and scan, I don’t want it.  I want the real thing.  I wanna hold it in my hands, live with it in its physical manifestation.  Yes. Oh yes.   Now let’s go pick up a book and read it like it was meant to be read, baby.  Let’s do.

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Next up, Mad Libs

This exercise is only for those of you who didn’t see Kevin Charles Redmon’s  article for The Atlantic, “As Kindles Take Over, What happens to Margin Notes?”

1) Ask yerself: What would Andrei Codrescu say about kindle books?

2) Write the parody of that one in your head.

3) Listen to this. Oh, how close you came!

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